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Penalized regression techniques for prediction: a case study for predicting tree mortality using remotely sensed vegetation indices

David C Lazaridis, Jan Verbesselt, Andrew P Robinson

Canadian Journal of Forest Research | CANADIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING | Published : 2011


Constructing models can be complicated when the available fitting data are highly correlated and of high dimension. However, the complications depend on whether the goal is prediction instead of estimation. We focus on predicting tree mortality (measured as the number of dead trees) from change metrics derived from moderate-resolution imaging spectroradiometer satellite images. The high dimensionality and multicollinearity inherent in such data are of particular concern. Standard regression techniques perform poorly for such data, so we examine shrinkage regression techniques such as ridge regression, the LASSO, and partial least squares, which yield more robust predictions. We also suggest ..

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