Proceedings Of The 5th Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Conference, 2007, pp.267-276
Abstract Inferring the structure of gene regulatory networks from gene expression data has attracted a growing interest during the last years. Several machine learning related methods, such as Bayesian networks, have been proposed to deal with this challenging problem. However, in many cases, network reconstructions purely based on gene expression data not lead to satisfactory results when comparing the obtained topology against a validation network. Therefore, in this paper we propose an "inverse" approach: Starting from a priori specified network topologies, we identify those parts of the network which are relevant for the gene expression data at hand. For this purpose, we employ linear ridge regression to predict the expression level of a given gene from its relevant regulators with high reliability. Calculated statistical significances of the resulting network topologies reveal that slight modifications of the pruned regulatory network enable an additional substantial improvement.
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