Cross-validation for selecting a model selection procedure

Yongli Zhang, Yuhong Yang

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While there are various model selection methods, an unanswered but important question is how to select one of them for data at hand. The difficulty is due to that the targeted behaviors of the model selection procedures depend heavily on uncheckable or difficult-to-check assumptions on the data generating process. Fortunately, cross-validation (CV) provides a general tool to solve this problem. In this work, results are provided on how to apply CV to consistently choose the best method, yielding new insights and guidance for potentially vast amount of application. In addition, we address several seemingly widely spread misconceptions on CV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-112
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Econometrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

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  • Adaptive procedure selection
  • Cross-validation
  • Cross-validation paradox
  • Data splitting ratio
  • Information criterion
  • MCP
  • SCAD


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