A Generative Approach to Joint Modeling of Quantitative and Qualitative Responses

02/18/2021
by   Xiaoning Kang, et al.
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In many scientific areas, data with quantitative and qualitative (QQ) responses are commonly encountered with a large number of predictors. By exploring the association between QQ responses, existing approaches often consider a joint model of QQ responses given the predictor variables. However, the dependency among predictive variables also provides useful information for modeling QQ responses. In this work, we propose a generative approach to model the joint distribution of the QQ responses and predictors. The proposed generative model provides efficient parameter estimation under a penalized likelihood framework. It achieves accurate classification for qualitative response and accurate prediction for quantitative response with efficient computation. Because of the generative approach framework, the asymptotic optimality of classification and prediction of the proposed method can be established under some regularity conditions. The performance of the proposed method is examined through simulations and real case studies in material science and genetics.

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