Nonparametric classification with missing data

16.11.2023, 10:15 - 11:45  –  room 2.22, building 9

Torben Sell, University of Edinburgh

Missing data are ubiquitous in modern statistics, posing a major challenge in a plethora of applications. In the first half of the talk, I will firstly introduce the general missing data problem and describe different approaches to deal with it. I will focus in particular on classification problems, where a practitioner is presented with the task of assigning a new observation to one of two classes, based on a training set of labelled data. In the second half of the talk, I will motivate a new nonparametric framework for classification problems in the presence of missing data, and propose a new method, called the Hard-thresholding Anova Missing data (HAM) classifier, which not only has better theoretical properties than off-the-shelf classifiers, but also performs well in numerical experiments.

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