Supervised Classification Using Sparse Fisher's LDA, Irina Gaynanova, James G. Booth, Martin T. Wells, 1-21-13

Supervised Classification Using Sparse Fisher's LDA

Irina Gaynanova, James G. Booth, Martin T. Wells(Submitted on 21 Jan 2013 (v1), last revised 16 Sep 2014 (this version, v2))

It is well known that in a supervised classification setting when the number of features is smaller than the number of observations, Fisher's linear discriminant rule is asymptotically Bayes. However, there are numerous modern applications where classification is needed in the high-dimensional setting. Naive implementation of Fisher's rule in this case fails to provide good results because the sample covariance matrix is singular. Moreover, by constructing a classifier that relies on all features the interpretation of the results is challenging. Our goal is to provide robust classification that relies only on a small subset of important features and accounts for the underlying correlation structure. We apply a lasso-type penalty to the discriminant vector to ensure sparsity of the solution and use a shrinkage type estimator for the covariance matrix. The resulting optimization problem is solved using an iterative coordinate ascent algorithm. Furthermore, we analyze the effect of nonconvexity on the sparsity level of the solution and highlight the difference between the penalized and the constrained versions of the problem. The simulation results show that the proposed method performs favorably in comparison to alternatives. The method is used to classify leukemia patients based on DNA methylation features.

Subjects: Machine Learning (stat.ML); Computation (stat.CO)Cite as: arXiv:1301.4976 [stat.ML]  (or arXiv:1301.4976v2 [stat.ML] for this version)