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February 2008 Variable selection in semiparametric regression modeling
Runze Li, Hua Liang
Ann. Statist. 36(1): 261-286 (February 2008). DOI: 10.1214/009053607000000604


In this paper, we are concerned with how to select significant variables in semiparametric modeling. Variable selection for semiparametric regression models consists of two components: model selection for nonparametric components and selection of significant variables for the parametric portion. Thus, semiparametric variable selection is much more challenging than parametric variable selection (e.g., linear and generalized linear models) because traditional variable selection procedures including stepwise regression and the best subset selection now require separate model selection for the nonparametric components for each submodel. This leads to a very heavy computational burden. In this paper, we propose a class of variable selection procedures for semiparametric regression models using nonconcave penalized likelihood. We establish the rate of convergence of the resulting estimate. With proper choices of penalty functions and regularization parameters, we show the asymptotic normality of the resulting estimate and further demonstrate that the proposed procedures perform as well as an oracle procedure. A semiparametric generalized likelihood ratio test is proposed to select significant variables in the nonparametric component. We investigate the asymptotic behavior of the proposed test and demonstrate that its limiting null distribution follows a chi-square distribution which is independent of the nuisance parameters. Extensive Monte Carlo simulation studies are conducted to examine the finite sample performance of the proposed variable selection procedures.


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Runze Li. Hua Liang. "Variable selection in semiparametric regression modeling." Ann. Statist. 36 (1) 261 - 286, February 2008.


Published: February 2008
First available in Project Euclid: 1 February 2008

zbMATH: 1132.62027
MathSciNet: MR2387971
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/009053607000000604

Primary: 62G08 , 62G10
Secondary: 62G20

Keywords: local linear regression , nonconcave penalized likelihood , SCAD , varying coefficient models

Rights: Copyright © 2008 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Vol.36 • No. 1 • February 2008
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