Variable selection for discrete competing risks models

Variable selection for discrete competing risks models In competing risks models one distinguishes between several distinct target events that end duration. Since the effects of covariates are specific to the target events, the model contains a large number of parameters even when the number of predictors is not very large. Therefore, reduction of the complexity of the model, in particular by deletion of all irrelevant predictors, is of major importance. A selection procedure is proposed that aims at selection of variables rather than parameters. It is based on penalization techniques and reduces the complexity of the model more efficiently than techniques that penalize parameters separately. An algorithm is proposed that yields stable estimates. We consider reduction of complexity by variable selection in two applications, the evolution of congressional careers of members of the US congress and the duration of unemployment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

Variable selection for discrete competing risks models

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2015 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Social Sciences; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11135-015-0222-0
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Abstract

In competing risks models one distinguishes between several distinct target events that end duration. Since the effects of covariates are specific to the target events, the model contains a large number of parameters even when the number of predictors is not very large. Therefore, reduction of the complexity of the model, in particular by deletion of all irrelevant predictors, is of major importance. A selection procedure is proposed that aims at selection of variables rather than parameters. It is based on penalization techniques and reduces the complexity of the model more efficiently than techniques that penalize parameters separately. An algorithm is proposed that yields stable estimates. We consider reduction of complexity by variable selection in two applications, the evolution of congressional careers of members of the US congress and the duration of unemployment.

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Quality & QuantitySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 2, 2015

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