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Bioinformatics. 2002 Feb;18(2):275-86.

Mixture modelling of gene expression data from microarray experiments.

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  • 1Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 1420 Washington Heights, Room M4057, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029, USA. ghoshd@umich.edu



Hierarchical clustering is one of the major analytical tools for gene expression data from microarray experiments. A major problem in the interpretation of the output from these procedures is assessing the reliability of the clustering results. We address this issue by developing a mixture model-based approach for the analysis of microarray data. Within this framework, we present novel algorithms for clustering genes and samples. One of the byproducts of our method is a probabilistic measure for the number of true clusters in the data.


The proposed methods are illustrated by application to microarray datasets from two cancer studies; one in which malignant melanoma is profiled (Bittner et al., Nature, 406, 536-540, 2000), and the other in which prostate cancer is profiled (Dhanasekaran et al., 2001, submitted).

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