On the adaptive elastic net with a diverging number of parameters. (English) Zbl 1168.62064

Summary: We consider the problem of model selection and estimation in situations where the number of parameters diverges with the sample size. When the dimension is high, an ideal method should have the oracle property [J. Fan and R. Li, J. Am. Stat. Assoc. 96, No. 456, 1348–1360 (2001; Zbl 1073.62547) and J. Fan and H. Peng, Ann. Stat. 32, No. 3, 928–961 (2004; Zbl 1092.62031)] which ensures the optimal large sample performance. Furthermore, the high-dimensionality often induces the collinearity problem, which should be properly handled by the ideal method. Many existing variable selection methods fail to achieve both goals simultaneously.
We propose the adaptive elastic-net that combines the strengths of the quadratic regularization and the adaptively weighted lasso shrinkage. Under weak regularity conditions, we establish the oracle property of the adaptive elastic-net. We show by simulations that the adaptive elastic-net deals with the collinearity problem better than the other oracle-like methods, thus enjoying much improved finite sample performance.


62J05 Linear regression; mixed models
62J07 Ridge regression; shrinkage estimators (Lasso)
65C60 Computational problems in statistics (MSC2010)
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