Penalized regression combining the L1 norm and a correlation based penalty

Mohammed El Anbari, Abdallah Mkhadri

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We consider the problem of feature selection in linear regression model with p covariates and n observations. We propose a new method to simultaneously select variables and favor a grouping effect, where strongly correlated predictors tend to be in or out of the model together. The method is based on penalized least squares with a penalty function that combines the L1 and a Correlation based Penalty (CP) norms. We call it L1CP method. Like the Lasso penalty, L1CP shrinks some coefficients to exactly zero and additionally, the CP term explicitly links strength of penalization to the correlation among predictors. A detailed simulation study in small and high dimensional settings is performed. It illustrates the advantages of our approach compared to several alternatives. Finally, we apply the methodology to two real data sets: US Crime Data and GC-Retention PAC data. In terms of prediction accuracy and estimation error, our empirical study suggests that the L1CP is more adapted than the Elastic-Net to situations where p ≤ n (the number of variables is less or equal to the sample size). If p ≫ n, our method remains competitive and also allows the selection of more than n variables.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-102
Number of pages21
JournalSankhya: The Indian Journal of Statistics
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes



  • Correlation based penalty
  • Elastic-net
  • Lasso
  • Regression
  • Regularization
  • Variable selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty

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