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Boulesteix, Anne-Laure (2004): PLS dimension reduction for classification of microarray data. Collaborative Research Center 386, Discussion Paper 392


PLS dimension reduction is known to give good prediction accuracy in the context of classification with high-dimensional microarray data. In this paper, PLS is compared with some of the best state-of-the-art classification methods. In addition, a simple procedure to choose the number of components is suggested. The connection between PLS dimension reduction and gene selection is examined and a property of the first PLS component for binary classification is proven. PLS can also be used as a visualization tool for high-dimensional data in the classification framework. The whole study is based on 9 real microarray cancer data sets.