Journal webinar

How does the Journal webinar work?

Journal webinars are held every few months and last about an hour. Journal papers are carefully selected from recent issues of the Royal Statistical Society's journals by editorial board for their importance, relevance and/or use of cutting-edge methodology; and authors are invited to present their work and take questions from an audience who 'dial in' to access the webinar.

Two papers are selected from our journals and authors will be invited to present their papers (20 minutes) followed by discussion (25 minutes) for each paper. Attendees will dial into a teleconference call. Papers and slides will be available to download two weeks in advance or you can log into the conference system and follow the presentation live online. These sessions are open to members and non-members. No need to pre-register. Audio recordings will be available for download shortly after the session.

Dial-in details

Questions on the paper or general queries can be emailed in advance of the session to

for UK and international users and the link to the web conferencing system are provided on this page.

Next event

Wednesday 25th October 2017 2pm - 3.00pm BST

Paper: Shah & Samworth ‘Variable selection with error control: Another look at stability selection’ that was published in Series B, Volume 75, Issue 1, January 2013.

Presenter/author: Richard Samworth and Rajen Shah

Chair: Chenlei Leng

Abstract: Stability selection was recently introduced by Meinshausen and Bühlmann as a very general technique designed to improve the performance of a variable selection algorithm. It is based on aggregating the results of applying a selection procedure to subsamples of the data. We introduce a variant, called complementary pairs stability selection, and derive bounds both on the expected number of variables included by complementary pairs stability selection that have low selection probability under the original procedure, and on the expected number of high selection probability variables that are excluded. These results require no (e.g. exchangeability) assumptions on the underlying model or on the quality of the original selection procedure. Under reasonable shape restrictions, the bounds can be further tightened, yielding improved error control, and therefore increasing the applicability of the methodology

Discussant: Nicolai Meinshausen

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Past events

Webcasts, MP3s and slides from past events are available to download.