Cancer gene search with data-mining and genetic algorithms

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Peer Reviewed


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Computers in biology and medicine


Cancer leads to approximately 25% of all mortalities, making it the second leading cause of death in the United States. Early and accurate detection of cancer is critical to the well being of patients. Analysis of gene expression data leads to cancer identification and classification, which will facilitate proper treatment selection and drug development. Gene expression data sets for ovarian, prostate, and lung cancer were analyzed in this research. An integrated gene-search algorithm for genetic expression data analysis was proposed. This integrated algorithm involves a genetic algorithm and correlation-based heuristics for data preprocessing (on partitioned data sets) and data mining (decision tree and support vector machines algorithms) for making predictions. Knowledge derived by the proposed algorithm has high classification accuracy with the ability to identify the most significant genes. Bagging and stacking algorithms were applied to further enhance the classification accuracy. The results were compared with that reported in the literature. Mapping of genotype information to the phenotype parameters will ultimately reduce the cost and complexity of cancer detection and classification. 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.



Published Article/Book Citation

Computers in biology and medicine, 37:2 (2007) pp.251-261.

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