Question: Univariate testing before or after feature selection
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7 months ago by
ab12340 wrote:

Hi there,

Wondering if univariate have to be run before features are selected or can be applied to the selected features? The latter gives me better results.

I understand that we select features to build the best predictive models, but in my case they also seem to bring out the most significant variables.

Am I missing something? Sorry couldn't find the answer googling this so asking you guys.


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ADD COMMENTlink modified 7 months ago by Kevin Blighe37k • written 7 months ago by ab12340
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7 months ago by
Kevin Blighe37k
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Kevin Blighe37k wrote:

There is no standard way to do it. Obviously your method of feature selection is important, as it is undoubtedly already applying some kind of statistical test to your data. I gave a long answer on this topic, here: A: What is the best way to combine machine learning algorithms for feature selectio

However, my answer should not be regarded as the 'gold standard' by any means.

One could easily make the argument that 'unbiased' feature selection, i.e., performing feature selection on your entire unfiltered data, is best, whilst, in other situations, it may prove beneficial to first filter out genes based on some comparison, e.g., between cases and controls.


ADD COMMENTlink written 7 months ago by Kevin Blighe37k

Great answer! Thank you Kevin!

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