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Ndiaye, Djibril

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Université Laval. Département de mathématiques et de statistique
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    Bayesian adaptive variable selection in linear models : a generalization of Zellner's informative g-prior
    (2022) Ndiaye, Djibril; Khadraoui, Khader
    Bayesian inference is about recovering the full conditional posterior distribution of the parameters of a statistical model. This exercise, however, can be challenging to undertake if the model specification is not available a priori, as is typically the case. This thesis proposes a new framework to select the subset of regressors that are the relevant features that explain a target variable in linear regression models. We generalize Zellner's g-prior with a random matrix, and we present a likelihood-based search algorithm, which uses Bayesian tools to compute the posterior distribution of the model parameters over all possible models generated, based on the maximum a posteriori (MAP). We use Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods to gather samples of the model parameters and specify all distributions underlying these model parameters. We then use these simulations to derive a posterior distribution for the model parameters by introducing a new parameter that allows us to control how the selection of variables is done. Using simulated datasets, we show that our algorithm yields a higher frequency of choosing the correct variables and has a higher predictive power relative to other widely used variable selection models such as adaptive Lasso, Bayesian adaptive Lasso, and relative to well-known machine learning algorithms. Taken together, this framework and its promising performance under various model environments highlight that simulation tools and Bayesian inference methods can be efficiently combined to deal with well-known problems that have long loomed the variable selection literature.