Learning Biomedical Networks: Toward Data-Informed Clinical Decision and Therapy

Marta B. Lopes, Susana Vinga

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Precision medicine has emerged to tailor clinical decisions based on patient genetic features in a personalized healthcare perspective. The ultimate goal is to drive disease diagnosis and treatment selection based on the patient molecular profiles, usually given by large volumes of data, which is intrinsically high-dimensional, heterogeneous, noisy, and incomplete. Along with the notable improvement of experimental technologies, statistical learning has accompanied the associated challenges by the significant development of novel methods and algorithms. In particular, network-based learning is providing promising results toward more personalized medicine. This short survey will describe three main interconnected trends identified to address these challenges and all with a firm root in network science: differential network analysis, network-based regularization, and causal discovery and inference. An overview of the main applications is provided, along with available software. Biomedical networks support more informed and interpretable statistical learning models from patients’ data, thus improving clinical decisions and supporting therapy optimization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Artificial Intelligence, Computation, and Data Science
EditorsT. D. Pham, H. Yan, M. W. Ashraf, F. Sjöberg
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-69951-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-69950-5
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameComputational Biology
ISSN (Print)1568-2684
ISSN (Electronic)2662-2432


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