New paper on domain selection for functional data

Check out our newly published research which presents a unified framework to perform domain selection for functional data with familywise error rate control.

functional data

Department of Mathematics Jean Leray, UMR CNRS 6629


April 27, 2022

Functional data are smooth, often continuous, random curves, which can be seen as an extreme case of multivariate data with infinite dimensionality. Just as component-wise inference for multivariate data naturally performs feature selection, subset-wise inference for functional data performs domain selection. In this paper, we present a unified testing framework for domain selection on populations of functional data. In detail, \(p\)-values of hypothesis tests performed on point-wise evaluations of functional data are suitably adjusted for providing control of the family-wise error rate (FWER) over a family of subsets of the domain. We show that several state-of-the-art domain selection methods fit within this framework and differ from each other by the choice of the family over which the control of the FWER is provided. In the existing literature, these families are always defined a priori. In this work, we also propose a novel approach, coined threshold-wise testing, in which the family of subsets is instead built in a data-driven fashion. The method seamlessly generalizes to multidimensional domains in contrast to methods based on a priori defined families. We provide theoretical results with respect to consistency and control of the FWER for the methods within the unified framework. We illustrate the performance of the methods within the unified framework on simulated and real data examples and compare their performance with other existing methods.

Find out more by reading our paper (Abramowicz et al. 2022) which can be found at


Abramowicz, Konrad, Alessia Pini, Lina Schelin, Sara Sjöstedt de Luna, Aymeric Stamm, and Simone Vantini. 2022. “Domain Selection and Family-Wise Error Rate for Functional Data: A Unified Framework.” Biometrics.