Principal component analysis of hybrid functional and vector data

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We propose a practical principal component analysis (PCA) framework that provides a nonparametric means of simultaneously reducing the dimensions of and modeling functional and vector (multivariate) data. We first introduce a Hilbert space that combines functional and vector objects as a single hybrid object. The framework, termed a PCA of hybrid functional and vector data (HFV-PCA), is then based on the eigen-decomposition of a covariance operator that captures simultaneous variations of functional and vector data in the new space. This approach leads to interpretable principal components that have the same structure as each observation and a single set of scores that serves well as a low-dimensional proxy for hybrid functional and vector data. To support practical application of HFV-PCA, the explicit relationship between the hybrid PC decomposition and the functional and vector PC decompositions is established, leading to a simple and robust estimation scheme where components of HFV-PCA are calculated using the components estimated from the existing functional and classical PCA methods. This estimation strategy allows flexible incorporation of sparse and irregular functional data as well as multivariate functional data. We derive the consistency results and asymptotic convergence rates for the proposed estimators. We demonstrate the efficacy of the method through simulations and analysis of renal imaging data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5152-5173
Number of pages22
JournalStatistics in Medicine
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct 30

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the grant R01DK108070 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The author thanks Dr. Andrew Taylor and his research team from Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine for providing the renal study dataset.

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© 2021 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Statistics and Probability


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