Han Liu, Larry Wasserman, John Lafferty, Pradeep Ravikumar
We present a new class of models for high-dimensional nonparametric regression and classiﬁcation called sparse additive models (SpAM). Our methods combine ideas from sparse linear modeling and additive nonparametric regression. We de- rive a method for ﬁtting the models that is effective even when the number of covariates is larger than the sample size. A statistical analysis of the properties of SpAM is given together with empirical results on synthetic and real data, show- ing that SpAM can be effective in ﬁtting sparse nonparametric models in high dimensional data.