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Additive Regression Splines With Irrelevant Categorical and Continuous Regressors

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  • Shujie Ma
  • Jeffrey S. Racine

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We consider the problem of estimating a relationship using semiparametric additive regression splines when there exist both continuous and categorical regressors, some of which are irrelevant but this is not known a priori. We show that choosing the spline degree, number of subintervals, and bandwidths via cross-validation can automatically remove irrelevant regressors, thereby delivering 'automatic dimension reduction without the need for pre-testing. Theoretical underpinnings are provided, finite-sample performance is studied, and an illustrative application demonstrates the efficacy of the proposed approach in finite-sample settings. An R package implementing the methods is available from the Comprehensive R Archive Network (Racine and Nie (2011)).

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  • Shujie Ma & Jeffrey S. Racine, 2012. "Additive Regression Splines With Irrelevant Categorical and Continuous Regressors," Department of Economics Working Papers 2012-07, McMaster University.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcm:deptwp:2012-07
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    1. QI Li & Desheng Ouyang & Jeffrey S. Racine, 2013. "Categorical semiparametric varying‐coefficient models," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 28(4), pages 551-579, June.
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    B-spline; discrete; kernel;

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