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Title: Bayesian projection pursuit regression Authors:  Gavin Collins - Ohio State University (United States) [presenting]
Abstract: In projection pursuit regression (PPR), an unknown response function is approximated by the sum of $M$ ``ridge functions'', which are flexible functions of one-dimensional projections of a multivariate input space. Traditionally, optimization routines are used to estimate the projection directions and ridge functions via a sequential algorithm, and M is typically chosen via cross-validation. We introduce the first Bayesian version of PPR, which has the benefit of accurate uncertainty quantification. To learn the projection directions and ridge functions, we apply novel adaptations of methods used for the single ridge function case ($M = 1$), called the Single Index Model, for which Bayesian implementations do exist; then use reversible jump MCMC to learn the number of ridge functions $M$. We evaluate the predictive ability of our model in 20 simulation scenarios and for 23 real datasets, in a bake-off against an array of state-of-the-art regression methods. Its effective performance indicates that Bayesian Projection Pursuit Regression is a valuable addition to the existing regression toolbox.