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Title: Two-layer EM algorithm for ALD mixture regression models: A new solution to composite quantile regression
Authors: Wang, Shangshan
Xiang, Liming
Keywords: Asymmetric Laplace distribution
Composite quantile regression
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Wang, S., & Xiang, L. (2017). Two-layer EM algorithm for ALD mixture regression models: A new solution to composite quantile regression. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 115, 136-154.
Series/Report no.: Computational Statistics & Data Analysis
Abstract: We advocate linear regression by modeling the error term through a finite mixture of asymmetric Laplace distributions (ALDs). The model expands the flexibility of linear regression to account for heterogeneity among data and allows us to establish the equivalence between maximum likelihood estimation of the model parameters and the composite quantile regression (CQR) estimation developed by Zou and Yuan (Ann. Stat. 36:1108–1126, 2008), providing a new likelihood-based solution to CQR. Particularly, we develop a computationally efficient estimation procedure via a two-layer EM algorithm, where the first layer EM algorithm incorporates missing information from the component memberships of the mixture model and nests the second layer EM in its M-step to accommodate latent variables involved in the location-scale mixture representation of the ALD. An appealing feature of the proposed algorithm is that the closed form updates for parameters in each iteration are obtained explicitly, instead of resorting to numerical optimization methods as in the existing work. Computational complexity can be reduced significantly. We evaluate the performance through simulation studies and illustrate its usefulness by analyzing a gene expression dataset.
ISSN: 0167-9473
DOI: 10.1016/j.csda.2017.06.002
Schools: School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences 
Rights: © 2017 Elsevier. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [].
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