Convex Nonparanormal Regression

Yonatan Woodbridge*, Gal Elidan, Ami Wiesel

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Quantifying uncertainty in predictions or, more generally, estimating the posterior conditional distribution, is a core challenge in machine learning and statistics. We introduce Convex Nonparanormal Regression (CNR), a conditional nonparanormal approach for coping with this task. CNR involves a convex optimization of a posterior defined via a rich dictionary of pre-defined non linear transformations on Gaussians. It can fit an arbitrary conditional distribution, including multimodal and non-symmetric posteriors. For the special but powerful case of a piecewise linear dictionary, we provide a closed form of the posterior mean which can be used for point-wise predictions. Finally, we demonstrate the advantages of CNR over classical competitors using synthetic and real world data.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number9508166
Pages (from-to)1680-1684
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Signal Processing Letters
StatePublished - 2021

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  • Linear regression
  • convex optimization
  • nonparanormal distribution


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