Advances in Data Analysis and Classification

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 375–390 | Cite as

Quantile regression with group lasso for classification

  • Hussein Hashem
  • Veronica VinciottiEmail author
  • Rahim Alhamzawi
  • Keming Yu
Regular Article


Applications of regression models for binary response are very common and models specific to these problems are widely used. Quantile regression for binary response data has recently attracted attention and regularized quantile regression methods have been proposed for high dimensional problems. When the predictors have a natural group structure, such as in the case of categorical predictors converted into dummy variables, then a group lasso penalty is used in regularized methods. In this paper, we present a Bayesian Gibbs sampling procedure to estimate the parameters of a quantile regression model under a group lasso penalty for classification problems with a binary response. Simulated and real data show a good performance of the proposed method in comparison to mean-based approaches and to quantile-based approaches which do not exploit the group structure of the predictors.


Quantile regression Binary regression Regularized regression  Gibbs sampling 

Mathematics Subject Classification

62H12 62F15 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hussein Hashem
    • 1
  • Veronica Vinciotti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rahim Alhamzawi
    • 2
  • Keming Yu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsBrunel University LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.College of ArtsUniversity of Al-QadisiyahAl DiwaniyahIraq

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