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On the distribution of the adaptive LASSO estimator

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  • Pötscher, Benedikt M.
  • Schneider, Ulrike

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We study the distribution of the adaptive LASSO estimator (Zou (2006)) in finite samples as well as in the large-sample limit. The large-sample distributions are derived both for the case where the adaptive LASSO estimator is tuned to perform conservative model selection as well as for the case where tuning results in consistent model selection. We show that the finite-sample as well as the large-sample distributions are typically highly non-normal, regardless of the choice of the tuning parameter. The uniform convergence rate is also obtained, and is shown to be slower than n^{-1/2} in case the estimator is tuned to perform consistent model selection. In particular, these results question the statistical relevance of the `oracle' property of the adaptive LASSO estimator established in Zou 2006). Moreover, we also provide an impossibility result regarding the estimation of the distribution function of the adaptive LASSO estimator.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 6913.

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Keywords: Penalized maximum likelihood; LASSO; adaptive LASSO; nonnegative garotte; finite-sample distribution; asymptotic distribution; oracle property; estimation of distribution; uniform consistency;

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  1. Pötscher, Benedikt M. & Schneider, Ulrike, 2008. "Confidence sets based on penalized maximum likelihood estimators," MPRA Paper 9062, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Ulrike Schneider & Martin Wagner, 2012. "Catching Growth Determinants with the Adaptive Lasso," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 13(1), pages 71-85, 02.

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