PALMER: improving pathway annotation based on the biomedical literature mining with a constrained latent block model

BMC Bioinformatics
Jin Hyun NamDongjun Chung


In systems biology, it is of great interest to identify previously unreported associations between genes. Recently, biomedical literature has been considered as a valuable resource for this purpose. While classical clustering algorithms have popularly been used to investigate associations among genes, they are not tuned for the literature mining data and are also based on strong assumptions, which are often violated in this type of data. For example, these approaches often assume homogeneity and independence among observations. However, these assumptions are often violated due to both redundancies in functional descriptions and biological functions shared among genes. Latent block models can be alternatives in this case but they also often show suboptimal performances, especially when signals are weak. In addition, they do not allow to utilize valuable prior biological knowledge, such as those available in existing databases. In order to address these limitations, here we propose PALMER, a constrained latent block model that allows to identify indirect relationships among genes based on the biomedical literature mining data. By automatically associating relevant Gene Ontology terms, PALMER facilitates biological interpretation ...Continue Reading


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