Convex-constrained sparse additive modeling and its extensions

Junming Yin, Yaoliang Yu

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Sparse additive modeling is a class of effective methods for performing high-dimensional nonparametric regression. In this work we show how shape constraints such as convexity/ concavity and their extensions, can be integrated into additive models. The proposed sparse difference of convex additive models (SDCAM) can estimate most continuous functions without any a priori smoothness assumption. Motivated by a characterization of difference of convex functions, our method incorporates a natural regularization functional to avoid overfitting and to reduce model complexity. Computationally, we develop an efficient backfitting algorithm with linear periteration complexity. Experiments on both synthetic and real data confirm that our method is competitive against state-of-the-art sparse additive models, with improved performance in most scenarios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2017
Event33rd Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence, UAI 2017 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: Aug 11 2017Aug 15 2017


Other33rd Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence, UAI 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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