Difference between ridge regression and lasso and its effect



What is the difference between ridge regression and lasso? I know that they use different penalty functions. Ridge regression uses the square of the co-efficients while lasso uses the modulus. How does this affect the result obtained?



Yes…Ridge and Lasso regression uses two different penalty functions. Ridge uses l2 where as lasso go with l1. In ridge regression, the penalty is the sum of the squares of the coefficients and for the Lasso, it’s the sum of the absolute values of the coefficients. It’s a shrinkage towards zero using an absolute value (l1 penalty) rather than a sum of squares(l2 penalty).

As we know that ridge regression can’t zero coefficients. Here, you either select all the coefficients or none of them whereas LASSO does both parameter shrinkage and variable selection automatically because it zero out the co-efficients of collinear variables. Here it helps to select the variable(s) out of given n variables while performing lasso regression.

Another type of regularization method is ElasticNet, it is hybrid of lasso and ridge regression both. It is trained with L1 and L2 prior as regularizer. A practical advantage of trading-off between Lasso and Ridge is that, it allows Elastic-Net to inherit some of Ridge’s stability under rotation.

Hope this helps!



An additional difference. Ridge is computationally less intensive than Lasso.

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