Gene network inference by fusing data from diverse distributions.
Bottom Line: In a simulation study, we demonstrate good predictive performance of FuseNet in comparison to several popular graphical models.Fusion of datasets offers substantial gains relative to inference of separate networks for each dataset.Our results demonstrate that network inference methods for non-Gaussian data can help in accurate modeling of the data generated by emergent high-throughput technologies.
Affiliation: Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia and Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA.Show MeSH
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Mentions: To characterize how functionally informative the inferred networks are, we employ four structural definitions of network communities (Fig. 4 and Supplementary Figs S6 and S7). These represent four possible notions of association between a given GO term and the inferred network (Yang and Leskovec, 2012). The triangle participation ratio quantifies how well genes that are members of a given GO term are linked to each other in the inferred network. The cut ratio captures the abundance of external connectivity, i.e. edges between genes of a GO term and the rest of the network, whereas conductance and flake-ODF consider both internal and external network connectivity. Through these four measures we are able to estimate the overall concordance of inferred gene networks and known functional annotation of genes. For these reasons, networks that score higher on many measures should be considered more informative across a wider spectrum of cellular functions.Fig. 4.
Affiliation: Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia and Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA.