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Mixture model analysis of DNA microarray images

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4 Author(s)
K. Blekas ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Ioannina, Greece ; N. P. Galatsanos ; A. Likas ; I. E. Lagaris

In this paper, we propose a new methodology for analysis of microarray images. First, a new gridding algorithm is proposed for determining the individual spots and their borders. Then, a Gaussian mixture model (GMM) approach is presented for the analysis of the individual spot images. The main advantages of the proposed methodology are modeling flexibility and adaptability to the data, which are well-known strengths of GMM. The maximum likelihood and maximum a posteriori approaches are used to estimate the GMM parameters via the expectation maximization algorithm. The proposed approach has the ability to detect and compensate for artifacts that might occur in microarray images. This is accomplished by a model-based criterion that selects the number of the mixture components. We present numerical experiments with artificial and real data where we compare the proposed approach with previous ones and existing software tools for microarray image analysis and demonstrate its advantages.

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IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 7 )