Sparse multivariate functional principal component analysis

Jun Song, Kyongwon Kim

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We introduce a sparse multivariate functional principal component analysis method by incorporating ideas from the group sparse maximum variance method to multivariate functional data. Our method can avoid the “curse of dimensionality” from a high-dimensional dataset and enjoy interpretability at the same time. In particular, our unsupervised method can capture important latent factors to explain variability of the dataset, which can induce a clear distinction between important variables in the principal components and unnecessary features based on the sparseness structure. Furthermore, our method can be applied to functional data from a multidimensional domain that hinges on different intervals. In the numerical experiment, we show that our method works well in both low- and high-dimensional multivariate functional data regardless of the number and the type of basis. We further apply our method to stock market data and electroencephalography data in an alcoholism study to demonstrate the theoretical result.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere435
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022

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Funding Information:
We truly appreciate the Editor, the Associate Editor, and two referees for their valuable comments and suggestions, which have helped us to improve this paper. For Jun Song, this research is partially supported by a Korea University Grant (K2123491). For Kyongwon Kim, this work is supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (no. 2021R1F1A1046976).

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  • functional principal component analysis
  • group sparse maximum variance method
  • multivariate functional data analysis


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