Sparse Feature Selection in Kernel Discriminant Analysis via Optimal Scoring

Alexander F. Lapanowski, Irina Gaynanova

We consider the two-group classification problem and propose a kernel classifier based on the optimal scoring framework. Unlike previous approaches, we provide theoretical guarantees on the expected risk consistency of the method. We also allow for feature selection by imposing structured sparsity using weighted kernels. We propose fully-automated methods for selection of all tuning parameters, and in particular adapt kernel shrinkage ideas for ridge parameter selection. Numerical studies demonstrate the superior classification performance of the proposed approach compared to existing nonparametric classifiers.

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