One-step sparse estimates in nonconcave penalized likelihood models. (English) Zbl 1142.62027

Summary: J. Fan and R. Li [J. Am. Stat. Assoc. 96, No. 56, 1348–1360 (2001; Zbl 1073.62547)] proposed a family of variable selection methods via penalized likelihood using concave penalty functions. The nonconcave penalized likelihood estimators enjoy the oracle properties, but maximizing the penalized likelihood function is computationally challenging, because the objective function is nondifferentiable and nonconcave. We propose a new unified algorithm based on the local linear approximation (LLA) for maximizing the penalized likelihood for a broad class of concave penalty functions. Convergence and other theoretical properties of the LLA algorithm are established. A distinguished feature of the LLA algorithm is that at each LLA step, the LLA estimator can naturally adopt a sparse representation. Thus, we suggest using the one-step LLA estimator from the LLA algorithm as the final estimates.
Statistically, we show that if the regularization parameter is appropriately chosen, the one-step LLA estimates enjoy the oracle properties with good initial estimators. Computationally, the one-step LLA estimation methods dramatically reduce the computational cost in maximizing the nonconcave penalized likelihood. We conduct some Monte Carlo simulation to assess the finite sample performance of the one-step sparse estimation methods. The results are very encouraging.


62G08 Nonparametric regression and quantile regression
65C60 Computational problems in statistics (MSC2010)
62J05 Linear regression; mixed models
62J07 Ridge regression; shrinkage estimators (Lasso)
65C05 Monte Carlo methods
62G20 Asymptotic properties of nonparametric inference


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