Model selection over partially ordered sets

December 8, -
Speaker(s): Armeen Taeb, Assistant Professor, University of Washington
In problems such as variable selection and graph estimation, models are characterized by Boolean logical structure such as presence or absence of a variable or an edge. Consequently, false positive and false negative errors can be specified as the number of variables or edges that are incorrectly included/excluded in an estimated model. However, there are several other problems such as ranking, clustering, and causal inference in which the associated model classes do not admit transparent notions of false positive and false negative errors due to the lack of an underlying Boolean logical structure. In this paper, we present a generic approach to endow a collection of models with partial order structure, which leads to a hierarchical organization of model classes as well as natural analogs of false positive and false negative errors. We describe model selection procedures that provide false positive error control in our general setting and we illustrate their utility with numerical experiments.
This is joint work with Peter Buehlmann and Venkat Chandrasekaran.

Statistical Science