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Variable Selection

October 8, 2020

The recorded version of this course is now available in our EigenU Recorded Courses area.

Eigenvector Research, Inc. is pleased to bring you Variable Selection, an online instructor-led live short course. Complete information about the course can be found by following the links below.

Course Description

Variable Selection deals with one of the most difficult problems in chemometrics, selecting variables for regression and classification. In many situations in model building, variable selection, is useful for improving predictions, or for minimizing the number of variables and for other purposes such as reducing costs. But how to do it? Genetic algorithms, forward selection, and jack-knifing are just few of the possible ways to do variable selection. In this short course, the theory behind when to use what is given and an outline of different possible approaches is given. Through examples and exercises, it is shown how some approaches work well in some situations and not in others.The course includes hands-on computer time for participants to work example problems using PLS_Toolbox or Solo.


Chemometrics II: Regression and PLS or equivalent experience.

Course Outline

    1. Motivation and Preliminary Examples: Why select variables?
    2. Available Variable Selection Methods:
    • A priori
    • A posteriori
    • Model based, e.g. on loadings or with VIP or SR
    • Genetic algorithms
    • Classical
    • i-PLS
    3. How to choose a variable selection method
    4. Variable selection in practice

Course Fee

Prices include instruction, course materials (provided in advance in .pdf format), a certificate of completion and access to the recorded class sessions. Prices shown are shown below. Payment must be received by 5pm PDT, Monday, October 5, 2020.

Clustering and Classification

Note: Payment must be received by 5pm PDT, Monday, October 5, 2020. Credit card orders are strongly encouraged. Acceptable forms of payment include MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and checks drawn on a US bank. Wire transfers can also be arranged.

Academic discount: University students and faculty are eligible for the academic rate. Verification of University affiliation is required by providing valid university mailing and e-mail address. Note that we define academic as “degree granting institution.”

How to Register, Deadlines and Cancellations

To register, login to your Eigenvector account, or create an account, then select the class you would like to attend under the “Purchase” tab. You can pay directly with your MasterCard, VISA or American Express using our secure credit card processing. You may ask to be invoiced, however, Payments must be received by 5pm PDT, Monday, October 5, 2020.

Complete refunds will be made for cancellations prior to Friday, October 2, 2020. No refunds will be made for cancellations after that date, however, substitutions are gladly accepted.


Variable Selection will be taught in a single session of 3.5 hours on Thursday, October 8. The schedule will be as follows.

Daily Schedule, Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
06:45 – 07:00 WebEx available for login*
07:00 – 08:00 Instruction
08:00 – 08:10 Coffee Break
08:10 – 09:10 Instruction
09:10 – 09:20 Coffee Break
09:20 – 10:20 Instruction
10:20 – 10:30 Wrap-up and questions

* 7:00 am PDT is 10:00am in New York, 15:00 in London and 16:00 in Paris.

Can’t make it at this time? The sessions will be recorded and made available to course participants for their use for one year after the event.