Validation is the process of assessing whether the results of an analysis are likely to hold outside of the original research setting. DO NOT use this tag for discussing `validity` of a measurement or instrument -- such as that it measures what it purports to.

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R times series — correct use of forecast() and accuracy() in forecast package

Cross-posting this from Stack Overflow, because it's a bit of a stats/ technology cross-over. I'm relatively new to R and the forecast package I believe authored by Rob Hyndman. I'm having trouble ...
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Training/ Test Data with Time Series Model — Forecast with Training Model, or with Model based on Full Data?

Okay, I have a couple books on time series forecasting, but perhaps I need to read a couple more. Here's my question. You want to be able to validate a forecasting model. So you split the data into ...
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Hold out sample vs. cross validation for time series, and how to perform in R

I think out-of-sample validation testing for accuracy is essential in initially judging what time-series forecasts to use. In any case, I've been doing some reading on the two most common methods, ...
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Variable selection and validation dataset

According to Hastie & Tibshirani, we shouldn't use validation datasets to do variable selection; otherwise, we will overestimate the model fit. However, it seems quite often to select variables ...
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Validate cluster analysis in R

I am trying to validate hierarchical cluster analysis result following a paper by Guy Brock, et al. clValid: An R Package for Cluster Validation (pdf). Do I have to use all these methods? What are the ...
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Prediction evaluation metric for panel/longitudinal data

I would like to evaluate several different models that provide predictions of behavior at a monthly level. The data is balanced, and $n=$100,000 and $T=$12. The outcome is attending a concert in a ...
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rms validate on models with a predict function such as coxph and glmnet

I would like to use bootstrapping to evaluate models generated by coxph and glmnet. Would that be somehow possible with rms validate ? From the documentation it seems limited to rms functions (cph, ...
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Validation of a questionnaire in a new population

I have 400 responses to a 20 item questionnaire which purports to measure an attitudinal constuct in medical students. The instrument was validated in the US for a single year of medical students and ...
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Validating clustering results with labeled data

I am working on a clustering algorithm and would like to validate its performance against a well-known and used dataset: the KDD-CUP 99 dataset ...
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What is the meaning of orthogonal in validation testing?

I have heard the term "orthogonal * validation" used recently. It was used in the context of experimental platform testing. What does this mean? I cannot find anything on it in literature or ...
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Quantifying the predictive ability of a model developed from a huge data set? (variation of bootstrapping?)

I have a statistical model with around 20 predictor variables, built on 90% of a dataset consisting of over 600k observations. The original developer held out 10% of the original dataset for the ...
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Repeatedly measuring accuracy against the hold out set

I have an iterative document classification task, corpus size = 300,000 documents. The labels are binary valued (yes/no). I wanted to know whether the following methodology is valid. The assumption is ...
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What is the intuition behind the variation of information (VI) metric for cluster validation?

For non-statisticians like me, it is very difficult to capture the idea of VI metric (variation of information) even after reading the relevant paper by Marina ...
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Accepted Method for Selecting a Validation Set in Python

Is there an accepted method for separating out a validation set in python? In R I would use the sample function. I have 4000 training instances as json and I want ...
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Cross-validation for Comparing Clustering Techniques

I'm working on comparing multiple clustering algorithms to each other using the adjusted Rand index for a given dataset. We have a gold standard that we'd like to compare the obtained clustering ...
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Ignore strata in external validation of stratified Cox prop hazards model?

I've fit a stratified Cox proportional hazards model to some survival data, where I've stratified by a potential confounder which is the batch the data comes from (there are three batches). Now, I'd ...
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Using Adaboost for feature selection?

Is it okay to use Adaboost to do feature selection (selecting a subset of dimensions $S$ from a high-dimensional feature vector $V$)? I divided the samples into four non-overlapping sets: $A$ ...
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How to interpret the results of bootstrapping and Monte Carlo simulation utilised to test lasso logistic regression results?

My situation: sample size: 116 binary outcome (32 events) number predictors: 42 (both continuous and categorical) predictors did not come from the top of my head; their choice was based on the ...
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Fitting Cox Regression / Proportional Hazard Model with x time interaction term in R

I am asking this in the context of wanting to diagnose for violation of proportional hazard assumption and its correction. (Schemper 1992) On p.179 of Hosmer, Lemeshow and May, it says that we can ...
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Performance drop between training and validation datasets

I have been using R's GBM (Gradient Boosting Machine) package for several months. I typically split my data into three partitions: Training, Validation, and Testing. I use the validation data set to ...
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What does a negative Somers' D say about model discriminative power?

I developed a Cox proportional hazard regression model in R. Then I tried using validate in Professor Harrell's rms package to ...
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10-fold cross-validation (high variation)

I am using 10-fold validation method to validate my model. I am using CART model and my sample size $\approx$ 50. Features $\approx$ 9. The 10-fold validated accuracy (averages) is about 76%. However, ...
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Validity of pseudo-panel data constructed from repeated cross sectional data as a panel data

I am looking at the repeated cross-sectional data from federal reserves, which has both panel data and repeated cross sectional data at different time-points,e.g. 2007-2009 is a panel while 2010 is a ...
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cross-validate hierarchical model for binomial data that is often sparse

I have binomial data (e.g, 130 successes in 4000 trials). In many, if not most, cells of interest, there were few trials and thereby few successes (e.g., 0 successes in 35 trials, 1 successes in 18 ...
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A way to check the accuracy of a Markov chain?

I posted the same question on MSE since I was not really sure whether to post it here first or not. Anyway since I still did not get any answers I will be posting this here hoping for some help. Say ...
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How to measure classification accuracy based on presence only data?

I have a binomial GLMM which I calibrated with data on recreational visits (presence) compared with random controls where no visits were recorded (absence). I generated the controls myself, whereas ...
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Select final model after many Dev-Val splits

We have a dataset that is quite heterogeneous, and we established that different Dev-Val splits affect the outcome quite bit, even after using stratified sampling. So what we did write a loop around ...
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How to validate a lognormal random walk for time series data

I am currently working on a project where I need to simulate the prices of a set of $D$ substitutable commodities over time. I was hoping to do this using the following $D$-dimensional lognormal ...
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How to use k-fold cross validation in naive bayes classifier?

I'm trying to classify text using naive bayes classifier, and also want to use k-fold cross validation to validate the result of classification. But I'm still confused how to use the k-fold cross ...
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what “non-continuous nature of scores” means

1) Can someone explain me the idea of this sentence: "It is noted that nonparametric tests were employed because of the non-continuous nature of the scale scores" (this is related to scale validity ...
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Validation of the gene-signature predictor reconstructed using Cox PH

I reconstructed a prognostic gene model including four genes using univariate and then multivariate Cox PH model. The model is used for predicting prognosis in patients with a specific cancer ...
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Validate a Markov Chain with few states (model switching)

Suppose I have a five state Markov chain. The states are observable (in fact I defined them, they are outcomes of an classification algorithm). So I have a long time series, see the first picture. ...
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How can one evaluate Incremental Clustering Algorithms, in particular the goodness of the clusters formed?

I have been studying an incremental clustering algorithm for a large set of data that exhibit an inherent dynamic behavior (that is new data can get added over time and some older data may get deleted ...
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What is the minimal amount of sample runs required for doing a minimum detection limit?

I have to set up an example of how to do an MDL, and the professor wants to know how many times I'd run the samples. My previous class used as little as 8, but I'm not sure if thats correct or if I ...
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How do you validate your machine learning models?

I am wondering what approaches are commonly used for validating machine learning models designed for classification or prediction tasks: Approaches that am using at the moment: Using truth-sets: - ...
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Validating residual plot count data (different levels)

I am studying the distribution of a marine species using the number of sightings as a dependent variable. When I am trying to validate the plots of the best model I am getting a non-usual pattern, and ...
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Validating Bootstrapped Probability of Survival Results From Small Sample Size Data

Quite often in industry, due to cost and schedule constraints, decisions must be made on small sample size data. I have 4 cycles-to-failure values resulting from running samples to failure in a ...
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Model validation and verification for Markov Chain switching model

Assuming I have a discrete-time Markov chain with only five states. The chain will be used for the prediction of the macroscopic states which are observable and coming from a timeseries. I use maximum ...
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Validating a logistic regression for a specific $x$

I have a logistic regression model for 0/1 binary response data that is built from samples $(x_1,Y_1),\dots,(x_m,Y_m)$, where $x_1,\dots,x_m$ are, fixed, nonrandom, real values and $Y_1,\dots,Y_m$ are ...
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rms package, getting zero Dxy in validation of cph model

I'm doing Cox proportional hazards analysis using Frank Harrell's rms package (4.2.0), with 3 strata. My model seems reasonably predictive on training data (Dxy=-0.537), but somehow in bootstrap ...
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How to deal with floor effect

I am in the process of validating a five-items scale for measuring dependence on substance 'X'. I have collected data from 98 people who used the substance under consideration at least once weekly for ...
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How to validate goodness of fit and forecasting quality of a model?

I am working on big data sets, which represent electricity consumption on power substation throughout the year. I have data every 10 minutes and multiple (and long) seasonalities. I have a daily, ...
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Out-of-sample vs. test set

Someone asked me if I did out-of-time testing (which I assume is just out-of-sample testing but with a timeline element). But if I have a test set, is that not essentially the same as out-of-sample ...
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How do you measure the accuracy of an inference hypothesis/procedure?

Take inference to mean reasoning/predicting the value of a hidden/laten variable $Z$ given some evidence/data $X$. For example, maybe you are trying to find out if your patient has Cancer (Z = 1 if he ...
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Compare LMM GLMM (generalised linear mixed model, negative binomial) by numerical measure (AIC BIC, cross validation, R² squared) for model validation

How to compare results of generalized linear mixed model (GLMM, negative binomial) with a log transformed linear mixed model (multilevel, hierarchical) . I have a data set (counts), which is nested. ...
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Applying Cox proportional hazards model to new data to get absolute risk (Framingham risk score)

I'm trying to apply one of the Framingham cardiovascular event risk scores to a new dataset in order to get absolute risk. D'Agostino 2013 "Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment: Insights from ...
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Derive minimum positive rate of change for co2 data

I have CO2 (in parts per million) data of a closed room. The CO2 data is recorded along with timestamps. Typical difference between two samples is around five minutes. My aim is to find occupancy of ...
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The size of the sample for split validation

At this moment I have a dataset with 4000 samples (50% positive and 50% negative). Normally I would do cross validation for this approach, however besides normal data mining techniques I am also ...
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How to validate a Multinomial Logit and Probit Model fit?

I would like to know how do you determine the performance of your models. That is, if you fit a multinomial logit or probit model for un-ordered discrete choice. What do you use to evaluate whether ...