A stable Lasso algorithm for inferential sensor structure learning and parameter estimation

S. Joe QIN*, Yiren LIU

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although the Lasso method has been popular for variable selection in regression modeling, it has been known to yield very different model structures with minor perturbations of the training data. A consequence is that, when cross-validation (CV) is used to determine the hyperparameter λ, seemingly heterogeneous model structures among the CV-folds are resulted for the same λ. In this paper, we propose a new stable Lasso method for model structure learning of static and dynamic models. We begin with building consensus Lasso models with a grid of λ values using all training data. Then the CV-fold models are optimized to conform with the consensus model structures with a modified Lasso objective. In addition, we propose a stable criterion that uses CV errors jointly with a stability measure to select the most stable model with near minimum CV errors. The proposed method is applied to inferential modeling of a chemical plant at DOW Chemical and dynamic modeling of an industrial boiler.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-82
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Process Control
Early online date26 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Financial support for this work from the City University of Hong Kong under Project 9380123 and an NSF-China Regional Joint Key Project for Innovations and Development (U20A20189) is gratefully acknowledged.


  • Inferential sensors
  • Stable cross-validation
  • Stable Lasso
  • Statistical machine learning
  • Variable selection


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