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IEEE/ACM Trans Comput Biol Bioinform. 2017 Nov-Dec;14(6):1276-1287. doi: 10.1109/TCBB.2016.2599155.

Effect of Aggregation Operators on Network-Based Disease Gene Prioritization: A Case Study on Blood Disorders.


Owing to the innate noise in the biological data sources, a single source or a single measure do not suffice for an effective disease gene prioritization. So, the integration of multiple data sources or aggregation of multiple measures is the need of the hour. The aggregation operators combine multiple related data values to a single value such that the combined value has the effect of all the individual values. In this paper, an attempt has been made for applying the fuzzy aggregation on the network-based disease gene prioritization and investigate its effect under noise conditions. This study has been conducted for a set of 15 blood disorders by fusing four different network measures, computed from the protein interaction network, using a selected set of aggregation operators and ranking the genes on the basis of the aggregated value. The aggregation operator-based rankings have been compared with the "Random walk with restart" gene prioritization method. The impact of noise has also been investigated by adding varying proportions of noise to the seed set. The results reveal that for all the selected blood disorders, the Mean of Maximal operator has relatively outperformed the other aggregation operators for noisy as well as non-noisy data.

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