On varying-coefficient independence screening for high-dimensional varying-coefficient models

Rui Song, Feng Yi, Hui Zou

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Varying coefficient models have been widely used in longitudinal data analysis, nonlinear time series, survival analysis, and so on. They are natural non- parametric extensions of the classical linear models in many contexts, keeping good interpretability and allowing us to explore the dynamic nature of the model. Re- cently, penalized estimators have been used for fitting varying-coefficient models for high-dimensional data. In this paper, we propose a new computationally attractive algorithm called IVIS for fitting varying-coefficient models in ultra-high dimensions. The algorithm first fits a gSCAD penalized varying-coefficient model using a sub- set of covariates selected by a new varying-coefficient independence screening (VIS) technique. The sure screening property is established for VIS. The proposed algo- rithm then iterates between a greedy conditional VIS step and a gSCAD penalized fitting step. Simulation and a real data analysis demonstrate that IVIS has very competitive performance for moderate sample size and high dimension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1735-1752
Number of pages18
JournalStatistica Sinica
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2014


  • Penalized regression
  • Sure screening property
  • Varying-coefficient models


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