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Skewness-based projection pursuit: A computational approach

Nicola Loperfido ()

Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 2018, vol. 120, issue C, 42-57

Abstract: Projection pursuit is a multivariate statistical technique aimed at finding interesting low-dimensional data projections by maximizing a measure of interestingness commonly known as projection index. Widespread use of projection pursuit has been hampered by the computational difficulties inherent to the maximization of the projection index. The problem is addressed within the framework of skewness-based projection pursuit, focused on data projections with highest third standardized cumulants. First, it is motivated the use of the right dominant singular vector of the third multivariate, standardized moment to start the maximization procedure. Second, it is proposed an iterative algorithm for skewness maximization which relies on the analytically tractable maximization of a third-order polynomial in two variables. Both visual inspection and formal testing based on simulated data clearly suggest that the asymptotic distribution of the maximal skewness achievable by a linear projection of normal data might be skew-normal. The potential of skewness-based projection pursuit for uncovering data structures is illustrated with Olympic decathlon data.

Keywords: Higher-order power method; Projection pursuit; Singular value decomposition; Skewness; Tensor eigenvector (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.csda.2017.11.001

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