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BMC Syst Biol. 2014;8 Suppl 5:S8. doi: 10.1186/1752-0509-8-S5-S8. Epub 2014 Dec 12.

An integrative approach for measuring semantic similarities using gene ontology.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Gene Ontology (GO) provides rich information and a convenient way to study gene functional similarity, which has been successfully used in various applications. However, the existing GO based similarity measurements have limited functions for only a subset of GO information is considered in each measure. An appropriate integration of the existing measures to take into account more information in GO is demanding.

RESULTS:

We propose a novel integrative measure called InteGO2 to automatically select appropriate seed measures and then to integrate them using a metaheuristic search method. The experiment results show that InteGO2 significantly improves the performance of gene similarity in human, Arabidopsis and yeast on both molecular function and biological process GO categories.

CONCLUSIONS:

InteGO2 computes gene-to-gene similarities more accurately than tested existing measures and has high robustness. The supplementary document and software are available at http://mlg.hit.edu.cn:8082/.

PMID:
25559943
PMCID:
PMC4305987
DOI:
10.1186/1752-0509-8-S5-S8
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