DMS Colloquium: Dr. Shan Yu

Time: Mar 19, 2021 (04:00 PM)
Location: ZOOM

Speaker:  Dr. Shan Yu (University of Virginia)

Title: Sparse Modeling of Functional Linear Regression via Fused Lasso with Application to Genotype-by-Environment Interaction Studies


Abstract: The estimator of coefficient functions in a functional linear model (FLM) based on a small number of subjects is often inefficient. To address this challenge, we propose an FLM based on fused learning. This talk will describe a sparse multi-group FLM to simultaneously estimate multiple coefficient functions and identify groups such that coefficient functions are identical within groups and distinct across groups. By borrowing information from relevant subgroups of subjects, our method enhances estimation efficiency while preserving heterogeneity in model parameters and coefficient functions. We use an adaptive fused lasso penalty to shrink coefficient estimates to a common value within each group. To enhance computation efficiency and incorporate neighborhood information, we propose to use a graph-constrained adaptive lasso with a highly efficient algorithm. This talk will use two real data examples to illustrate the applications of the proposed method on genotype-by-environment interaction studies.

This talk features joint work with Aaron Kusmec, Lily Wang, and Dan Nettleton.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Shan Yu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Virginia. Her research interests include Non-/Semi-Parametric Regression Methods, Functional Data Analysis, Spatial/Spatiotemporal Data Analysis, Statistical Methods for Neuroimaging Data, and Variable Selection for High Dimensional Data. Shan's research has appeared in such journals as the Journal of the American Statistical Association and Statistica Sinica. She earned a Ph.D. in Statistics from Iowa State University in 2020. She joined the University of Virginia in 2020.


Host:  Guanqun Cao


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