RSS Journal webinar: Confidence intervals for low dimensional parameters in high dimensional linear models

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Tuesday 02 April 2019, 04:00pm

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PaperConfidence intervals for low dimensional parameters in high dimensional linear models
by Cun-Hui Zhang and Stephanie S Zhang.

The paper was published in JRSS Series B (Vol 76:1) in January 2014. It is an open access paper available from the Wiley Online Library.

The purpose of this paper is to propose methodologies for statistical inference of low dimensional parameters with high dimensional data.

We focus on constructing confidence intervals for individual coefficients and linear combinations of several of them in a linear regression model, although our ideas are applicable in a much broader context. The theoretical results that are presented provide sufficient conditions for the asymptotic normality of the proposed estimators along with a consistent estimator for their finite dimensional covariance matrices. These sufficient conditions allow the number of variables to exceed the sample size and the presence of many small non?zero coefficients. Our methods and theory apply to interval estimation of a preconceived regression coefficient or contrast as well as simultaneous interval estimation of many regression coefficients. Moreover, the method proposed turns the regression data into an approximate Gaussian sequence of point estimators of individual regression coefficients, which can be used to select variables after proper thresholding. The simulation results that are presented demonstrate the accuracy of the coverage probability of the confidence intervals proposed as well as other desirable properties, strongly supporting the theoretical results.

Cun-Hui Zhang will present and discuss his paper, which is co-authored by Stephani S Zhang.

Yi Yu, University of Bristol

Andrea Montenari, Stanford University and Sara van de Geer, ETH Zurich

An open discussion led by our discussants will follow the presentation by Cun-Hui Zhang in which everyone is encouraged to take part. You can ask the author a question over the phone or type a message if you prefer using the web based teleconference system (Skype).

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