R package highlight: SMLE, joint feature screening in ultrahigh-dimensional GLMs


The sparsity-restricted maximum likelihood estimator (SMLE) has received considerable attention for feature screening in ultrahigh-dimensional regression. SMLE is a computationally convenient method that naturally incorporates the joint effects among features in the screening process. We develop a publicly available R package SMLE, which provides a user-friendly environment to carry out SMLE in generalized linear models. In particular, the package includes functions to conduct SMLE-screening and post-screening selection using SMLE with popular selection criteria such as AIC and (extended) BIC. The package gives users the flexibility in controlling a series of screening parameters and accommodates both numerical and categorical feature input. The usage of the package is illustrated on both simulated and real data examples, where the promising performance of SMLE is well observed.

SMLE was created by Qianxiang Zang, Chen Xu, and Kelly Burkett.

Friday, February 19, 2021

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