Statistical Papers

, Volume 60, Issue 5, pp 1741–1762 | Cite as

A note on quantile feature screening via distance correlation

  • Xiaolin ChenEmail author
  • Xiaojing Chen
  • Yi Liu
Regular Article


In this paper, we propose a new feature screening procedure based on a robust quantile version of distance correlation with some desirable characters. First, it is particularly useful for data exhibiting heterogeneity, which is very common for high dimensional data. Second, it is robust to model misspecification and behaves reliably when some of features contain outliers or follow heavy-tailed distributions. Under very mild conditions, we have established its sure screening property. In practice, a same index set is often found to be adequate by the quantile analysis. So we furthermore present a composite robust quantile version of distance correlation to perform feature screening. Simulation studies are carried out to examine the performance of advised procedures. We also illustrate them by a real data example.


Heterogeneous data Independence quantile screening Sure screening property 



Chen’s research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11501573, 11326184, 11201484 and 61402534) and Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province of China (ZR2015AL014).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of StatisticsQufu Normal UniversityQufuChina
  2. 2.College of ScienceChina University of PetroleumQingdaoChina

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