Generalized Linear Models


Generalized Linear Models are a class of models which belong to the ordinary least squares framework. They generally consist of a set of parameters \mathbf{w}, a feature mapping \varphi() and a link function which dictates how the probability distribution of the output quantity is described.

Generalized Linear Models (GLM) are available in the context of regression and binary classification, more specifically in DynaML the following members of the GLM family are implemented. The GeneralizedLinearModel[T] class is the base of the GLM hierarchy in DynaML, all linear models are extensions of it. It's companion object is used for the creation of GLM instances as follows.

val data: Stream[(DenseVector[Double], Double)] = ...

//The task variable is a string which is set to "regression" or "classification"
val task = ...

//The map variable defines a possibly higher dimensional function of the input
//which is akin to a basis function representation of the original features
val map: DenseVector[Double] => DenseVector[Double] = ...

//modeltype is set to "logit" or "probit"
//if one wishes to create a binary classification model,
//depending on the classification model involved
val modeltype = "logit"

val glm = GeneralizedLinearModel(data, task, map, modeltype)

Normal GLM

The most common regression model, also known as least squares linear regression, implemented as the class RegularizedGLM which represents a regression model with the following prediction:

\begin{equation} y \ | \ \mathbf{x} \sim \mathcal{N}(w^T \varphi(\mathbf{x}), \sigma^{2}) \end{equation}

Here \varphi(.) is an appropriately chosen set of basis functions. The inference problem is formulated as

\begin{equation} \min_{w} \ \mathcal{J}_P(w) = \frac{1}{2} \gamma \ w^Tw + \frac{1}{2} \sum_{k = 1}^{N} (y_k - w^T \varphi(x_k))^2 \end{equation}

Logit GLM

In binary classification the most common GLM used is the logistic regression model which is given by $$ \begin{equation} P(y = 1 | \mathbf{x}) = \sigma(w^T \varphi(\mathbf{x}) + b) \end{equation} $$

Where \sigma(z) = \frac{1}{1 + exp(-z)} is the logistic function which maps the output of the linear function w^T \varphi(\mathbf{x}) + b to a probability value.

Probit GLM

The probit regression model is an alternative to the logit model it is represented as: $$ \begin{equation} P(y = 1 | \mathbf{x}) = \Phi(w^T \varphi(\mathbf{x}) + b) \end{equation} $$ Where \Phi(z) is the cumulative distribution function of the standard normal distribution.


The Generalized Least Squares model which is a more broad formulation of the Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regression model.