On the Differences between L2-Boosting and the Lasso

13 Dec 2018Michael Vogt

We prove that L2-Boosting lacks a theoretical property which is central to the behaviour of l1-penalized methods such as basis pursuit and the Lasso: Whereas l1-penalized methods are guaranteed to recover the sparse parameter vector in a high-dimensional linear model under an appropriate restricted nullspace property, L2-Boosting is not guaranteed to do so. Hence, L2-Boosting behaves quite differently from l1-penalized methods when it comes to parameter recovery/estimation in high-dimensional linear models...

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