In this article we study the asymptotic predictive optimality of a model selection criterion based on the cross-validatory predictive density, already available in the literature. For a dependent variable and associated explanatory variables, we consider a class of linear models as approximations to the true regression function. One selects a model among these using the criterion under study and predicts a future replicate of the dependent variable by an optimal predictor under the chosen model. We show that for squared error prediction loss, this scheme of prediction performs asymptotically as well as an oracle, where the oracle here refers to a model selection rule which minimizes this loss if the true regression were known.
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/074921708000000110