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On the prediction loss of the lasso in the partially labeled setting

Pierre C. Bellec, Arnak S. Dalalyan, Edwin Grappin, and Quentin Paris

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In this paper we revisit the risk bounds of the lasso estimator in the context of transductive and semi-supervised learning. In other terms, the setting under consideration is that of regression with random design under partial labeling. The main goal is to obtain user-friendly bounds on the off-sample prediction risk. To this end, the simple setting of bounded response variable and bounded (high-dimensional) covariates is considered. We propose some new adaptations of the lasso to these settings and establish oracle inequalities both in expectation and in deviation. These results provide non-asymptotic upper bounds on the risk that highlight the interplay between the bias due to the mis-specification of the linear model, the bias due to the approximate sparsity and the variance. They also demonstrate that the presence of a large number of unlabeled features may have significant positive impact in the situations where the restricted eigenvalue of the design matrix vanishes or is very small.

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Electron. J. Statist., Volume 12, Number 2 (2018), 3443-3472.

Received: January 2018
First available in Project Euclid: 16 October 2018

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Primary: 62H30: Classification and discrimination; cluster analysis [See also 68T10, 91C20]
Secondary: 62G08: Nonparametric regression

Semi-supervised learning sparsity lasso oracle inequality transductive learning high-dimensional regression

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Bellec, Pierre C.; Dalalyan, Arnak S.; Grappin, Edwin; Paris, Quentin. On the prediction loss of the lasso in the partially labeled setting. Electron. J. Statist. 12 (2018), no. 2, 3443--3472. doi:10.1214/18-EJS1457. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ejs/1539676834

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