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Convex Modeling of Interactions with Strong Heredity

Created on 4th October 2015

Asad Haris; Daniela Witten; Noah Simon;

We consider the task of fitting a regression model involving interactions among a potentially large set of covariates, in which we wish to enforce strong heredity. We propose FAMILY, a very general framework for this task. Our proposal is a generalization of several existing methods, such as VANISH [Radchenko and James, 2010], hierNet [Bien et al., 2013], the all-pairs lasso, and the lasso using only main effects. It can be formulated as the solution to a convex optimization problem, which we solve using an efficient alternating directions method of multipliers (ADMM) algorithm. This algorithm has guaranteed convergence to the global optimum, can be easily specialized to any convex penalty function of interest, and allows for a straightforward extension to the setting of generalized linear models. We derive an unbiased estimator of the degrees of freedom of FAMILY, and explore its performance in a simulation study and on an HIV sequence data set. Comments: Final version accepted for publication in JCGS Subjects: Machine Learning (stat.ML) DOI: 10.1080/10618600.2015.1067217 Cite as: arXiv:1410.3517 [stat.ML]   (or arXiv:1410.3517v2 [stat.ML] for this version)

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