Sparse group lasso and high dimensional multinomial classification

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Authors Martin Vincent, Niels Richard Hansen
Journal/Conference Name Computational Statistics & Data Analysis
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Paper Abstract The sparse group lasso optimization problem is solved using a coordinate gradient descent algorithm. The algorithm is applicable to a broad class of convex loss functions. Convergence of the algorithm is established, and the algorithm is used to investigate the performance of the multinomial sparse group lasso classifier. On three different real data examples the multinomial group lasso clearly outperforms multinomial lasso in terms of achieved classification error rate and in terms of including fewer features for the classification. The run-time of our sparse group lasso implementation is of the same order of magnitude as the multinomial lasso algorithm implemented in the R package glmnet. Our implementation scales well with the problem size. One of the high dimensional examples considered is a 50 class classification problem with 10k features, which amounts to estimating 500k parameters. The implementation is available as the R package msgl.
Date of publication 2012
Code Programming Language R
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