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A penalized criterion for variable selection in classification


  • Mary-Huard, Tristan
  • Robin, Stéphane
  • Daudin, Jean-Jacques


In this paper, the problem of variable selection in classification is considered. On the basis of recent developments in model selection theory, we provide a criterion based on penalized empirical risk, where the penalization explicitly takes into account the number of variables of the considered models. Moreover, we give an oracle-type inequality that non-asymptotically guarantees the performance of the resulting classification rule. We discuss the optimality of the proposed criterion and present an application of the main result to backward and forward selection procedures.

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  • Mary-Huard, Tristan & Robin, Stéphane & Daudin, Jean-Jacques, 2007. "A penalized criterion for variable selection in classification," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 98(4), pages 695-705, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmvana:v:98:y:2007:i:4:p:695-705

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    1. Maugis, C. & Celeux, G. & Martin-Magniette, M.-L., 2011. "Variable selection in model-based discriminant analysis," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 102(10), pages 1374-1387, November.


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