SMS scnews item created by John Ormerod at Fri 10 May 2013 1327
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 18 May 2013
Calendar1: 17 May 2013 1400-1500
CalLoc1: Carslaw 373
Auth: jormerod@pjormerod3.pc (assumed)

Statistics Seminar: Bondell -- Consistent high-dimensional Bayesian variable selection via penalized credible regions

For high-dimensional data, selection of predictors for regression 
is a challenging problem. Methods such as sure screening, forward 
selection, or penalization are commonly used. Instead, Bayesian 
variable selection methods place prior distributions over model 
space, along with priors on the parameters, or equivalently, a 
mixture prior with mass at zero for the parameters in the full 
model. Since exhaustive enumeration is not feasible, posterior 
model probabilities are often obtained via long MCMC runs. The 
chosen model can depend heavily on various choices for priors and 
also posterior thresholds. Alternatively, we propose a conjugate 
prior only on the full model parameters and to use sparse 
solutions within posterior credible regions to perform selection. 
These posterior credible regions often have closed form 
representations, and it is shown that these sparse solutions can 
be computed via existing algorithms. The approach is shown to 
outperform common methods in the high-dimensional setting, 
particularly under correlation. By searching for a sparse solution 
within a joint credible region, consistent model selection is 
established. Furthermore, it is shown that the simple use of 
marginal credible intervals can give consistent selection up to 
the case where the dimension grows exponentially in the sample 

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