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Stochastics and Statistics Seminar

Predictive Inference with the Jackknife+

February 21, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Rina Foygel Barber (University of Chicago)



We introduce the jackknife+, a novel method for constructing predictive confidence intervals that is robust to the distribution of the data. The jackknife+ modifies the well-known jackknife (leaveoneout cross-validation) to account for the variability in the fitted regression function when we subsample the training data. Assuming exchangeable training samples, we prove that the jackknife+ permits rigorous coverage guarantees regardless of the distribution of the data points, for any algorithm that treats the training points symmetrically (in contrast, such guarantees are not possible for the original jackknife). The jackknife+ can also be combined efficiently with bootstrapped or ensembled prediction methods. Our methods are related to cross-conformal prediction proposed by Vovk [2015] and we discuss connections. This work is joint with Emmanuel Candes, Aaditya Ramdas, Ryan Tibshirani, Byol Kim, and Chen Xu.


About the Speaker:

Rina Foygel Barber is an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Chicago. Before starting at U of C, she was a NSF postdoctoral fellow during 2012-13 in the Department of Statistics at Stanford University. She received her PhD in Statistics at the University of Chicago in 2012, and a MS in Mathematics at the University of Chicago in 2009. Prior to graduate school, she was a mathematics teacher at the Park School of Baltimore from 2005 to 2007.


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