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A compressed sensing based two-stage method for detecting epistatic interactions
by Shengjun Li; Junliang Shang; Qinliang Chen; Yan Sun; Jin-Xing Liu
International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics (IJDMB), Vol. 14, No. 4, 2016


Abstract: Epistatic interactions of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are believed to be important in revealing missing heritability of complex diseases. Detection of them is of great challenge since it is a high-dimensional and small-sample-size problem. In this paper, we propose a compressed sensing (CS) based two-stage method CSMiner for detecting epistatic interactions. It consists of two stages: screening stage and detecting stage. In screening stage, SNP selection is equivalent to CS reconstruction by considering SNP data and class labels as sensing matrix and measurement vector, respectively. Here, top ranking SNPs with high signal weights are retained. In detecting stage, mutual information is employed to exhaustively search epistatic interactions within the retained SNPs. Experiments of CSMiner are performed on both simulation data sets and a real age-related macular degeneration data set. Results demonstrate that CSMiner is effective and efficient in detecting epistatic interactions, and might be an alternative to existing methods.

Online publication date: Wed, 06-Apr-2016


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