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Quadratic approximation on SCAD penalized estimation


  • Kwon, Sunghoon
  • Choi, Hosik
  • Kim, Yongdai


In this paper, we propose a method of quadratic approximation that unifies various types of smoothly clipped absolute deviation (SCAD) penalized estimations. For convenience, we call it the quadratically approximated SCAD penalized estimation (Q-SCAD). We prove that the proposed Q-SCAD estimator achieves the oracle property and requires only the least angle regression (LARS) algorithm for computation. Numerical studies including simulations and real data analysis confirm that the Q-SCAD estimator performs as efficient as the original SCAD estimator.

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  • Kwon, Sunghoon & Choi, Hosik & Kim, Yongdai, 2011. "Quadratic approximation on SCAD penalized estimation," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 55(1), pages 421-428, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:csdana:v:55:y:2011:i:1:p:421-428

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    Cited by:

    1. Lee, Sangin & Kim, Yongdai & Kwon, Sunghoon, 2012. "Quadratic approximation for nonconvex penalized estimations with a diverging number of parameters," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 82(9), pages 1710-1717.
    2. Bang, Sungwan & Jhun, Myoungshic, 2012. "Simultaneous estimation and factor selection in quantile regression via adaptive sup-norm regularization," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 56(4), pages 813-826.


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