STA 290 Seminar: Byeong Park (Seoul Natl U, Korea)

Statistics Seminar: STA 290

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 4:10pm, MSB 1147 (Colloquium Room)
Refreshments at 3:30pm in MSB 4110 (Statistics Lounge)

Speaker: Byeong Park Seoul National University, Korea

Title: "Model Selection via Bayesian Information Criterion for Quantile Regression Models"

Abstract: Bayesian Information Criterion (BIC) is known to identify the true model consistently as long as the predictor dimension is finite. Recently, its moderate modifications have been shown to be consistent in model selection even when the number of variables diverges. Those works have been done mostly in mean regression, but rarely in quantile regression. The best known results about BIC for quantile regression are for linear models with a fixed number of variables. In this paper, we investigate how BIC can be adapted to high-dimensional linear quantile regression and show that a modified BIC is consistent in model selection when the number of variables diverges as the sample size increases. We also discuss how it can be used for choosing the regularization parameters of penalized approaches that are designed to conduct variable selection and shrinkage estimation simultaneously. Moreover, we extend the results to structured nonparametric quantile models with a diverging number of covariates. We illustrate our theoretical results via some simulated examples and a real data analysis on human eye disease.