Boosting for partially linear additive models
Date of Issue2016
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Additive models are widely applied in statistical learning. The partially linear additive model is a special form of additive models, which combines the strengths of linear and nonlinear models by allowing linear and nonlinear predictors to coexist. One of the most interesting questions associated with the partially linear additive model is to identify nonlinear, linear, and non-informative covariates with no such pre-specification given, and to simultaneously recover underlying component functions which indicate how each covariate affects the response. In this thesis, algorithms are developed to solve the above question. Main technique used is gradient boosting, in which simple linear regressions and univariate penalized splines are together used as base learners. In this way our proposed algorithms are able to estimate component functions and simultaneously specify model structure. Twin boosting is incorporated as well to achieve better variable selection accuracy. The proposed methods can be applied to mean and quantile regressions as well as survival analysis. Simulation studies as well as real data applications illustrate the strength of our proposed approaches.