Motivation: High-throughput sequencing technologies generate a huge amount of data, permitting the quantification of microbiome compositions. The obtained data are essentially sparse compositional data vectors, namely vectors of bacterial gene proportions which compose the microbiome. Subsequently, the need for statistical and computational methods that consider the special nature of microbiome data has increased. A critical aspect in microbiome research is to identify microbes associated with a clinical outcome. Another crucial aspect with high-dimensional data is the detection of outlying observations, whose presence affects seriously the prediction accuracy. Results: In this article we connect robustness and sparsity in the context of variable selection in regression with compositional covariates with a continuous response. The compositional character of the covariates is taken into account by a linear log-contrast model, and elastic-net regularization achieves sparsity in the regression coefficient estimates. Robustness is obtained by performing trimming in the objective function of the estimator. A reweighting step increases the efficiency of the estimator, and it also allows for diagnostics in terms of outlier identification. The numerical performance of the proposed method is evaluated via simulation studies, and its usefulness is illustrated by an application to a microbiome study with the aim to predict caffeine intake based on the human gut microbiome composition. Availability: The R-package "RobZS" can be downloaded at https://github.com/giannamonti/RobZS. Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.
Monti, G., & Filzmoser, P. (2021). Sparse least trimmed squares regression with compositional covariates for high dimensional data. BIOINFORMATICS, 37(21 (1 November 2021)), 3805-3814 [10.1093/bioinformatics/btab572].
|Citazione:||Monti, G., & Filzmoser, P. (2021). Sparse least trimmed squares regression with compositional covariates for high dimensional data. BIOINFORMATICS, 37(21 (1 November 2021)), 3805-3814 [10.1093/bioinformatics/btab572].|
|Tipo:||Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico|
|Carattere della pubblicazione:||Scientifica|
|Presenza di un coautore afferente ad Istituzioni straniere:||Si|
|Titolo:||Sparse least trimmed squares regression with compositional covariates for high dimensional data|
|Autori:||Monti, G; Filzmoser, P|
MONTI, GIANNA SERAFINA (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2021|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btab572|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|