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Title: Clustering and prediction in the presence of variable dimension covariate vectors Authors:  Fernando Quintana - Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Chile) [presenting]
Garritt Page - Brigham Young University (United States)
Peter Mueller - UT Austin (United States)
Abstract: In many applied fields incomplete covariate vectors are commonly encountered. It is well known that this can be problematic when making inference on model parameters, but its impact on prediction performance is less understood. We develop a method based on covariate dependent partition models that seamlessly handles missing covariates while completely avoiding any type of imputation. The method we develop allows in-sample predictions as well as out-of-sample prediction, even if the missing pattern in the new subjects' incomplete covariate vector was not seen in the training data. Any data type, including categorical or continuous covariates are permitted. In simulation studies, the proposed method compares favorably.