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A Leaps and Bounds Algorithm for finding the best variable subsets

An exact Algorithm for optimizing criteria that measure the quality of k-dimensional variable subsets as approximations to a given set of variables, or to a set of its Principal Components.

Keywords
manip
Usage
eleaps(mat,kmin=length(include)+1,kmax=ncol(mat)-length(exclude)-1,nsol=1, exclude=NULL,include=NULL,criterion="default",pcindices="first_k",timelimit=15, H=NULL,r=0, tolval=1000*.Machine$double.eps, tolsym=1000*.Machine$double.eps,maxaperr=1E-4)
Arguments
mat
a covariance/correlation, information or sums of squares and products matrix of the variables from which the k-subset is to be selected. See the Details section below.
kmin
the cardinality of the smallest subset that is wanted.
kmax
the cardinality of the largest subset that is wanted.
nsol
the number of different subsets of each cardinality that are requested .
exclude
a vector of variables (referenced by their row/column numbers in matrix mat) that are to be forcibly excluded from the subsets.
include
a vector of variables (referenced by their row/column numbers in matrix mat) that are to be forcibly included in the subsets.
criterion
Character variable, which indicates which criterion is to be used in judging the quality of the subsets. Currently, the "Rm", "Rv", "Gcd", "Tau2", "Xi2", "Zeta2", "Ccr12" and "Wald" criteria are supported (see the Details section, the References and the links rm.coef, rv.coef, gcd.coef, tau2.coef, xi2.coef, zeta2.coef, ccr12.coef and wald.coef for further details). The default criterion is "Rm" if parameter r is zero (exploratory and PCA problems), "Wald" if r is equal to one and mat has a "FisherI" attribute set to TRUE (generalized linear models), and "Tau2" otherwise (multivariate linear model framework).
pcindices
either a vector of ranks of Principal Components that are to be used for comparison with the k-variable subsets (for the Gcd criterion only, see gcd.coef) or the default text first_k. The latter will associate PCs 1 to k with each cardinality k that has been requested by the user.
timelimit
a user specified limit (in seconds) for the maximum time allowed to conduct the search. After this limit is exceeded, eleaps exits with a waring message stating that it was not possible to find the otpimal subsets within the allocated time.
H
Effect description matrix. Not used with the Rm, Rv or Gcd criteria, hence the NULL default value. See the Details section below.
r
Expected rank of the effects (H) matrix. Not used with the Rm, Rv or Gcd criteria. See the Details section below.
tolval
the tolerance level for the reciprocal of the 2-norm condition number of the correlation/covariance or sums of squares matrix, i.e., for the ratio of the smallest to the largest eigenvalue of the input matrix. Matrices with a reciprocal of the condition number smaller than tolval will activate a restricted-search (for well conditioned sets as defined by the value of the maxaperr argument) algorithm.
tolsym
the tolerance level for symmetry of the covariance/correlation/total matrix and for the effects (H) matrix. If corresponding matrix entries differ by more than this value, the input matrices will be considered asymmetric and execution will be aborted. If corresponding entries are different, but by less than this value, the input matrix will be replaced by its symmetric part, i.e., input matrix A becomes (A+t(A))/2.
maxaperr
the tolerance level for the relative rounding error of the criterion. When a restricted search in employed subsets where a first order estimate of this error is higher than maxaperr will be excluded from the analysis.
Details

For each cardinality k (with k ranging from kmin to kmax), eleaps performs a branch and bound search for the best nsol variable subsets according to a specified criterion. Leaps implements Duarte Silva's adaptation (references [2] and [3]) of Furnival and Wilson's Leaps and Bounds Algorithm (reference [4]) for variable selection in Regression Analysis. If the search is not completed within a user defined time limit, eleaps exits with a warning message.

The user may force variables to be included and/or excluded from the k-subsets.

In order to improve computation times, the bulk of computations are carried out by C++ routines. Further details about the Algorithm can be found in references [2] and [3] and in the comments to the C++ code. A discussion of the criteria considered can be found in References [1] and [3].

The function checks for ill-conditioning of the input matrix (specifically, it checks whether the ratio of the input matrix's smallest and largest eigenvalues is less than tolval). For an ill-conditioned input matrix, the search is restricted to its well-conditioned subsets. The function trim.matrix may be used to obtain a well-conditioned input matrix.

In a general descriptive (Principal Components Analysis) setting, the three criteria Rm, Rv and Gcd can be used to select good k-variable subsets. Arguments H and r are not used in this context. See reference [1] and the Examples for a more detailed discussion.

In the setting of a multivariate linear model, $X = A B + U$, criteria Ccr12, Tau2, Xi2 and Zeta2 can be used to select subsets according to their contribution to an effect characterized by the violation of a reference hypothesis, $CB = 0$ (see reference [3] for further details). In this setting, arguments mat and H should be set respectively to the usual Total (Hypothesis + Error) and Hypothesis, Sum of Squares and Cross-Products (SSCP) matrices. Argument r should be set to the expected rank of H. Currently, for reasons of computational efficiency, criterion Ccr12 is available only when $\code{r}<=3$. particular="" cases="" in="" this="" setting="" include="" linear="" discriminant="" analyis="" (lda),="" regression="" analysis="" (lra),="" canonical="" correlation="" (cca)="" with="" one="" set="" of="" variables="" fixed,="" and="" several="" extensions="" these="" other="" classical="" multivariate="" methodologies.<="" p="">

In the setting of a generalized linear model, criterion Wald can be used to select subsets according to the (lack of) significance of the discarded variables, as measured by the respective Wald's statistic (see reference [5] for further details). In this setting arguments mat and H should be set respectively to FI and FI %*% b %*% t(b) %*% FI, where b is a column vector of variable coefficient estimates and FI is an estimate of the corresponding Fisher information matrix.

The auxiliary functions lmHmat, ldaHmat glhHmat and glmHmat are provided to automatically create the matrices mat and H in all the cases considered.

Value

subsets
An nsol x kmax x length(kmin:kmax) 3-dimensional array, giving for each cardinality (dimension 3) and each solution (dimension 1) the list of variables (referenced by their row/column numbers in matrix mat) in the subset (dimension 2). (For cardinalities smaller than kmax, the extra final positions are set to zero).
values
An nsol x length(kmin:kmax) matrix, giving for each cardinality (columns), the criterion values of the best nsol (rows) subsets according to the chosen criterion.
bestvalues
A length(kmin:kmax) vector giving the overall best values of the criterion for each cardinality.
bestsets
A length(kmin:kmax) x kmax matrix, giving, for each cardinality (rows), the variables (referenced by their row/column numbers in matrix mat) in the best k-subset.
call
The function call which generated the output.

References

[1] Cadima, J. and Jolliffe, I.T. (2001). Variable Selection and the Interpretation of Principal Subspaces, Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics, Vol. 6, 62-79.

[2] Duarte Silva, A.P. (2001) Efficient Variable Screening for Multivariate Analysis, Journal of Multivariate Analysis Vol. 76, 35-62.

[3] Duarte Silva, A.P. (2002) Discarding Variables in a Principal Component Analysis: Algorithms for All-Subsets Comparisons, Computational Statistics, Vol. 17, 251-271.

[4] Furnival, G.M. and Wilson, R.W. (1974). Regressions by Leaps and Bounds, Technometrics, Vol. 16, 499-511.

[5] Lawless, J. and Singhal, K. (1978). Efficient Screening of Nonnormal Regression Models, Biometrics, Vol. 34, 318-327.

See Also

rm.coef, rv.coef, gcd.coef, tau2.coef, wald.coef, xi2.coef, zeta2.coef, ccr12.coef, anneal, genetic, anneal, trim.matrix, lmHmat, ldaHmat, glhHmat, glmHmat.

Aliases
  • eleaps
  • leaps
Examples

## --------------------------------------------------------------------

## 
## 1) For illustration of use, a small data set.
## Subsets of variables of all cardinalities are sought using the
## RM criterion.
##

data(swiss)
eleaps(cor(swiss),nsol=3, criterion="RM")

##$subsets
##, , Card.1
##
##           Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5
##Solution 1     3     0     0     0     0
##Solution 2     1     0     0     0     0
##Solution 3     4     0     0     0     0
##
##, , Card.2
##
##           Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5
##Solution 1     3     6     0     0     0
##Solution 2     4     5     0     0     0
##Solution 3     1     2     0     0     0
##
##, , Card.3
##
##           Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5
##Solution 1     4     5     6     0     0
##Solution 2     1     2     5     0     0
##Solution 3     3     4     6     0     0
##
##, , Card.4
##
##           Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5
##Solution 1     2     4     5     6     0
##Solution 2     1     2     5     6     0
##Solution 3     1     4     5     6     0
##
##, , Card.5
##
##           Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5
##Solution 1     1     2     3     5     6
##Solution 2     1     2     4     5     6
##Solution 3     2     3     4     5     6
##
##
##$values
##              card.1    card.2    card.3    card.4    card.5
##Solution 1 0.6729689 0.8016409 0.9043760 0.9510757 0.9804629
##Solution 2 0.6286185 0.7982296 0.8791856 0.9506434 0.9776338
##Solution 3 0.6286130 0.7945390 0.8777509 0.9395708 0.9752551
##
##$bestvalues
##   Card.1    Card.2    Card.3    Card.4    Card.5 
##0.6729689 0.8016409 0.9043760 0.9510757 0.9804629 
##
##$bestsets
##       Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5
##Card.1     3     0     0     0     0
##Card.2     3     6     0     0     0
##Card.3     4     5     6     0     0
##Card.4     2     4     5     6     0
##Card.5     1     2     3     5     6
##
##$call
##eleaps(cor(swiss), nsol = 3, criterion="RM")


## --------------------------------------------------------------------

##
## 2) Asking only for 2- and 3- dimensional subsets and excluding 
## variable number 6.
## 

data(swiss)
eleaps(cor(swiss),2,3,exclude=6,nsol=3,criterion="rm")

##$subsets
##, , Card.2
##
##           Var.1 Var.2 Var.3
##Solution 1     4     5     0
##Solution 2     1     2     0
##Solution 3     1     3     0
##
##, , Card.3
##
##           Var.1 Var.2 Var.3
##Solution 1     1     2     5
##Solution 2     1     4     5
##Solution 3     2     4     5
##
##
##$values
##              card.2    card.3
##Solution 1 0.7982296 0.8791856
##Solution 2 0.7945390 0.8686515
##Solution 3 0.7755232 0.8628693
##
##$bestvalues
##   Card.2    Card.3 
##0.7982296 0.8791856 
##
##$bestsets
##       Var.1 Var.2 Var.3
##Card.2     4     5     0
##Card.3     1     2     5
##
##$call
##eleaps(cor(swiss), 2, 3, exclude = 6, nsol = 3, criterion = "gcd")

## --------------------------------------------------------------------

##
## 3) Searching for 2- and 3- dimensional subsets that best approximate 
## the spaces generated by the first three Principal Components
##


data(swiss)
eleaps(cor(swiss),2,3,criterion="gcd",pcindices=1:3,nsol=3)

##$subsets
##, , Card.2
##
##           Var.1 Var.2 Var.3
##Solution 1     4     5     0
##Solution 2     5     6     0
##Solution 3     4     6     0
##
##, , Card.3
##
##           Var.1 Var.2 Var.3
##Solution 1     4     5     6
##Solution 2     3     5     6
##Solution 3     2     5     6
##
##
##$values
##              card.2    card.3
##Solution 1 0.7831827 0.9253684
##Solution 2 0.7475630 0.8459302
##Solution 3 0.7383665 0.8243032
##
##$bestvalues
##   Card.2    Card.3 
##0.7831827 0.9253684 
##
##$bestsets
##       Var.1 Var.2 Var.3
##Card.2     4     5     0
##Card.3     4     5     6
##
##$call
##eleaps(cor(swiss), 2, 3, criterion = "gcd", pcindices = 1:3, nsol = 3)


## --------------------------------------------------------------------

##
## 4) An example of subset selection in the context of Multiple Linear
## Regression. Variable 5 (average car price) in the Cars93 MASS library 
## data set is regressed on 13 other variables. A best subset of linear 
## predictors is sought, using the default criterion ("TAU_2") which, 
## in the case of a Linear Regression, is merely  the standard Coefficient
## of Determination, R^2 (as are the other three criteria for the
## multivariate linear hypothesis, "XI_2", "CCR1_2" and "ZETA_2").
##

library(MASS)
data(Cars93)
CarsHmat <- lmHmat(Cars93[,c(7:8,12:15,17:22,25)],Cars93[,5])

names(Cars93[,5,drop=FALSE])
## [1] "Price"

colnames(CarsHmat$mat)

##  [1] "MPG.city"           "MPG.highway"        "EngineSize"        
##  [4] "Horsepower"         "RPM"                "Rev.per.mile"      
##  [7] "Fuel.tank.capacity" "Passengers"         "Length"            
## [10] "Wheelbase"          "Width"              "Turn.circle"       
## [13] "Weight"            


eleaps(CarsHmat$mat, kmin=4, kmax=6, H=CarsHmat$H, r=1)

## $subsets
## , , Card.4
## 
##            Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5 Var.6
## Solution 1     4     5    10    11     0     0
## 
## , , Card.5
## 
##            Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5 Var.6
## Solution 1     4     5    10    11    12     0
## 
## , , Card.6
## 
##            Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5 Var.6
## Solution 1     4     5     9    10    11    12
## 
## 
## $values
##               card.4    card.5   card.6
## Solution 1 0.7143794 0.7241457 0.731015
## 
## $bestvalues
##    Card.4    Card.5    Card.6 
## 0.7143794 0.7241457 0.7310150 
## 
## $bestsets
##        Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5 Var.6
## Card.4     4     5    10    11     0     0
## Card.5     4     5    10    11    12     0
## Card.6     4     5     9    10    11    12
##

## --------------------------------------------------------------------

## 5) A Linear Discriminant Analysis example with a very small data set. 
## We consider the Iris data and three groups, defined by species (setosa, 
## versicolor and virginica). The goal is to select the 2- and 3-variable
## subsets that are optimal for the linear discrimination (as measured 
## by the "CCR1_2" criterion).
  
data(iris)
irisHmat <- ldaHmat(iris[1:4],iris$Species)
eleaps(irisHmat$mat,kmin=2,kmax=3,H=irisHmat$H,r=2,crit="ccr12")

## $subsets
## , , Card.2
## 
##            Var.1 Var.2 Var.3
## Solution 1     1     3     0
## 
## , , Card.3
## 
##            Var.1 Var.2 Var.3
## Solution 1     2     3     4
## 
## 
## $values
##               card.2   card.3
## Solution 1 0.9589055 0.967897
## 
## $bestvalues
##    Card.2    Card.3 
## 0.9589055 0.9678971 
## 
## $bestsets
##        Var.1 Var.2 Var.3
## Card.2     1     3     0
## Card.3     2     3     4


## --------------------------------------------------------------------

## 6) An example of subset selection in the context of a Canonical
## Correlation Analysis. Two groups of variables within the Cars93
## MASS library data set are compared. The goal is to select 4- to
## 6-variable subsets of the 13-variable 'X' group that are optimal in
## terms of preserving the canonical correlations, according to the
## "ZETA_2" criterion (Warning: the 3-variable 'Y' group is kept
## intact; subset selection is carried out in the 'X' 
## group only).  The 'tolsym' parameter is used to relax the symmetry
## requirements on the effect matrix H which, for numerical reasons,
## is slightly asymmetric. Since corresponding off-diagonal entries of
## matrix H are different, but by less than tolsym, H is replaced  
## by its symmetric part: (H+t(H))/2.

library(MASS)
data(Cars93)
CarsHmat <- lmHmat(Cars93[,c(7:8,12:15,17:22,25)],Cars93[,4:6])

names(Cars93[,4:6])
## [1] "Min.Price" "Price"     "Max.Price"

##  colnames(CarsHmat$mat)


##  [1] "MPG.city"           "MPG.highway"        "EngineSize"        
##  [4] "Horsepower"         "RPM"                "Rev.per.mile"      
##  [7] "Fuel.tank.capacity" "Passengers"         "Length"            
## [10] "Wheelbase"          "Width"              "Turn.circle"       
## [13] "Weight"            


eleaps(CarsHmat$mat, kmin=4, kmax=6, H=CarsHmat$H, r=3,
crit="zeta2", tolsym=1e-9)

## $subsets
## , , Card.4
## 
##            Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5 Var.6
## Solution 1     3     4    10    11     0     0
## 
## , , Card.5
## 
##            Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5 Var.6
## Solution 1     4     5     9    10    11     0
## 
## , , Card.6
## 
##            Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5 Var.6
## Solution 1     4     5     9    10    11    12
## 
## 
## $values
##               card.4    card.5    card.6
## Solution 1 0.4827353 0.5018922 0.5168627
## 
## $bestvalues
##    Card.4    Card.5    Card.6 
## 0.4827353 0.5018922 0.5168627 
## 
## $bestsets
##        Var.1 Var.2 Var.3 Var.4 Var.5 Var.6
## Card.4     3     4    10    11     0     0
## Card.5     4     5     9    10    11     0
## Card.6     4     5     9    10    11    12
## 
## Warning message:
## 
##  The effect description matrix (H) supplied was slightly asymmetric: 
##  symmetric entries differed by up to 3.63797880709171e-12.
##  (less than the 'tolsym' parameter).
##  The H matrix has been replaced by its symmetric part.
##  in: validnovcrit(mat, criterion, H, r, p, tolval, tolsym) 

## --------------------------------------------------------------------


##  7) An example of variable selection in the context of a logistic 
##  regression model. We consider the last 100 observations of
##  the iris data set (versicolor an verginica species) and try
##  to find the best variable subsets for the model that takes species
##  as response variable.

data(iris)
iris2sp <- iris[iris$Species != "setosa",]
logrfit <- glm(Species ~ Sepal.Length + Sepal.Width + Petal.Length + Petal.Width,
iris2sp,family=binomial)
Hmat <- glmHmat(logrfit)
eleaps(Hmat$mat,H=Hmat$H,r=1,criterion="Wald",nsol=3)

## $subsets
## , , Card.1

##            Var.1 Var.2 Var.3
## Solution 1     4     0     0
## Solution 2     1     0     0
## Solution 3     3     0     0

## , , Card.2

##           Var.1 Var.2 Var.3
## Solution 1     1     3     0
## Solution 2     3     4     0
## Solution 3     2     4     0

## , , Card.3

##            Var.1 Var.2 Var.3
## Solution 1     2     3     4
## Solution 2     1     3     4
## Solution 3     1     2     3


## $values
##              card.1   card.2   card.3
## Solution 1 4.894554 3.522885 1.060121
## Solution 2 5.147360 3.952538 2.224335
## Solution 3 5.161553 3.972410 3.522879

## $bestvalues
##   Card.1   Card.2   Card.3 
## 4.894554 3.522885 1.060121 

## $bestsets
##        Var.1 Var.2 Var.3
## Card.1     4     0     0
## Card.2     1     3     0
## Card.3     2     3     4

## $call
## eleaps(mat = Hmat$mat, nsol = 3, criterion = "Wald", H = Hmat$H, 
##    r = 1)
## --------------------------------------------------------------------

## It should be stressed that, unlike other criteria in the
## subselect package, the Wald criterion is not bounded above by
## 1 and is a decreasing function of subset quality, so that the
## 3-variable subsets do, in fact, perform better than their smaller-sized
## counterparts.


Documentation reproduced from package subselect, version 0.12-5, License: GPL (>= 2)

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