Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2018

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In


First Advisor

Breheny, Patrick

First Committee Member

Cavanaugh, Joe

Second Committee Member

Jones, Mike

Third Committee Member

Huang, Yuan

Fourth Committee Member

Tan, Aixin


Data containing large number of variables is becoming increasingly more common and sparsity inducing penalized regression methods, such the lasso, have become a popular analysis tool for these datasets due to their ability to naturally perform variable selection. However, quantifying the importance of the variables selected by these models is a difficult task. These difficulties are compounded by the tendency for the most predictive models, for example those which were chosen using procedures like cross-validation, to include substantial amounts of noise variables with no real relationship with the outcome. To address the task of performing inference on penalized regression models, this thesis proposes false discovery rate approaches for a broad class of penalized regression models. This work includes the development of an upper bound for the number of noise variables in a model, as well as local false discovery rate approaches that quantify the likelihood of each individual selection being a false discovery. These methods are applicable to a wide range of penalties, such as the lasso, elastic net, SCAD, and MCP; a wide range of models, including linear regression, generalized linear models, and Cox proportional hazards models; and are also extended to the group regression setting under the group lasso penalty. In addition to studying these methods using numerous simulation studies, the practical utility of these methods is demonstrated using real data from several high-dimensional genome wide association studies.


elastic net, false discovery rate, high dimensional data, inference, lasso, penalized regression


xiii, 122 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 116-122).


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