Pairwise Interaction Analysis of Logistic Regression Models Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2016 IEEE. An important problem in the field of bioinformaties is to identify interactive effects among profiled variables for outcome prediction. In this paper, a simple logistic regression model with pairwise interactions among a set of binary covariates is considered. Modeling the structure of the interactions by a graph, our goal is to recover the interaction graph from independently identically distributed (i.i.d.) samples of the covariates and the outcome. When viewed as a feature selection problem, a simple quantity called influence is proposed as a measure of the marginal effects of the interaction terms on the outcome. For the case when the underlying interaction graph is known to be acyclic, it is shown that a simple algorithm that is based on a maximum-weight spanning tree with respect to the plug-in estimates of the influences not only has strong theoretical performance guarantees, but can also significantly outperform generic feature selection algorithms for recovering the interaction graph from i.i.d. samples of the covariates and the outcome.

author list (cited authors)

  • Xu, E. L., Qian, X., Liu, T., & Cui, S.

publication date

  • January 1, 2016 11:11 AM