Regularization in R Programming
Regularization is a form of regression technique that shrinks or regularizes or constraints the coefficient estimates towards 0 (or zero). In this technique, a penalty is added to the various parameters of the model in order to reduce the freedom of the given model. The concept of Regularization can be broadly classified into:
Implementation in R
- glmnet package for ridge regression and lasso regression
- dplyr package for data cleaning
- psych package in order to perform or compute the trace function of a matrix
- caret package
To install these packages we have to use the install.packages() in the R Console. After installing the packages successfully, we include these packages in our R Script using the library() command. To implement the Regularization regression technique we need to follow either of the three types of regularization techniques.
The Ridge Regression is a modified version of linear regression and is also known as L2 Regularization. Unlike linear regression, the loss function is modified in order to minimize the model’s complexity and this is done by adding some penalty parameter which is equivalent to the square of the value or magnitude of the coefficient. Basically, to implement Ridge Regression in R we are going to use the “glmnet” package. The cv.glmnet() function will be used to determine the ridge regression.
In this example, we will implement the ridge regression technique on the mtcars dataset for a better illustration. Our task is to predict the miles per gallon on the basis of other characteristics of the cars. We are going to use the set.seed() function to set seed for reproducibility. We are going to set the value of lambda in three ways:
- by performing 10 fold cross-validation
- based on the information derived
- optimal lambda based on both the criteria
Moving forward to Lasso Regression. It is also known as L1 Regression, Selection Operator, and Least Absolute Shrinkage. It is also a modified version of Linear Regression where again the loss function is modified in order to minimize the model’s complexity. This is done by limiting the summation of the absolute values of the coefficients of the model. In R, we can implement the lasso regression using the same “glmnet” package like ridge regression.
Again in this example, we are using the mtcars dataset. Here also we are going to set the lambda value like the previous example.
If we compare Lasso and Ridge Regression techniques we will notice that both the techniques are more or less the same. But there are few characteristics where they differ from each other.
- Unlike Ridge, Lasso can set some of its parameters to zero.
- In ridge the coefficient of the predictor that is correlated is similar. While in lasso only one of the coefficient of predictor is larger and the rest tends to zero.
- Ridge works well if there exist many huge or large parameters that are of the same value. While lasso works well if there exist only a small number of definite or significant parameters and rest tending to zero.
Elastic Net Regression
We shall now move on to Elastic Net Regression. Elastic Net Regression can be stated as the convex combination of the lasso and ridge regression. We can work with the glmnet package here even. But now we shall see how the package caret can be used to implement the Elastic Net Regression.
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