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Asymptotically Honest Confidence Regions for High Dimensional Parameters by the Desparsified Conservative Lasso

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  • Mehmet Caner

    () (North Carolina State University)

  • Anders Bredahl Kock

    () (Aarhus University and CREATES)

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While variable selection and oracle inequalities for the estimation and prediction error have received considerable attention in the literature on high-dimensional models, very little work has been done in the area of testing and construction of confidence bands in high-dimensional models. However, in a recent paper van de Geer et al. (2014) showed how the Lasso can be desparsified in order to create asymptotically honest (uniform) confidence band. In this paper we consider the conservative Lasso which penalizes more correctly than the Lasso and hence has a lower estimation error. In particular, we develop an oracle inequality for the conservative Lasso only assuming the existence of a certain number of moments. This is done by means of the Marcinkiewicz-Zygmund inequality which in our context provides sharper bounds than Nemirovski's inequality. As opposed to van de Geer et al. (2014) we allow for heteroskedastic non-subgaussian error terms and covariates. Next, we desparsify the conservative Lasso estimator and derive the asymptotic distribution of tests involving an increasing number of parameters. As a stepping stone towards this, we also provide a feasible uniformly consistent estimator of the asymptotic covariance matrix of an increasing number of parameters which is robust against conditional heteroskedasticity. To our knowledge we are the first to do so. Next, we show that our confidence bands are honest over sparse high-dimensional sub vectors of the parameter space and that they contract at the optimal rate. All our results are valid in high-dimensional models. Our simulations reveal that the desparsified conservative Lasso estimates the parameters much more precisely than the desparsified Lasso, has much better size properties and produces confidence bands with markedly superior coverage rates.

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  • Mehmet Caner & Anders Bredahl Kock, 2014. "Asymptotically Honest Confidence Regions for High Dimensional Parameters by the Desparsified Conservative Lasso," CREATES Research Papers 2014-36, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University.
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    1. Anders Bredahl Kock & Haihan Tang, 2014. "Inference in High-dimensional Dynamic Panel Data Models," CREATES Research Papers 2014-58, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University.
    2. Tom Boot & Didier Nibbering, 2017. "Inference in high-dimensional linear regression models," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 17-032/III, Tinbergen Institute, revised 05 Jul 2017.
    3. Kock, Anders Bredahl, 2016. "Oracle inequalities, variable selection and uniform inference in high-dimensional correlated random effects panel data models," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 195(1), pages 71-85.

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    Keywords

    conservative Lasso; honest inference; high-dimensional data; uniform inference; confidence intervals; tests.;

    JEL classification:

    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models

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