The FASTCLIME Package for Linear Programming and Large-Scale Precision Matrix Estimation in R

Haotian Pang, Han Liu, Robert V, erbei.

Year: 2014, Volume: 15, Issue: 14, Pages: 489−493


We develop an R package FASTCLIME for solving a family of regularized linear programming (LP) problems. Our package efficiently implements the parametric simplex algorithm, which provides a scalable and sophisticated tool for solving large- scale linear programs. As an illustrative example, one use of our LP solver is to implement an important sparse precision matrix estimation method called CLIME (Constrained $L_1$ Minimization Estimator). Compared with existing packages for this problem such as CLIME and FLARE, our package has three advantages: (1) it efficiently calculates the full piecewise- linear regularization path; (2) it provides an accurate dual certificate as stopping criterion; (3) it is completely coded in C and is highly portable. This package is designed to be useful to statisticians and machine learning researchers for solving a wide range of problems.

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