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Gene Regulatory Network (GRN) plays an important role in the understanding of complex biological systems. In most cases, high throughput microarray gene expression data is used for finding these regulatory relationships among genes. In this paper, we present a novel approach, based on decoupled S System model, for reverse engineering GRNs. In the proposed method, the genetic algorithm used for scoring the networks contains several useful features for accurate network inference, namely a Prediction Initialization (PI) algorithm to initialize the individuals, a Flip Operation (FO) for better mating of values and a restricted execution of Hill Climbing Local Search over few individuals. It also includes a novel refinement technique which utilizes the fit solutions of the genetic algorithm for optimizing sensitivity and specificity of the inferred network. Comparative studies and robustness analysis using standard benchmark data set show the superiority of the proposed method.
Evolutionary Computation (CEC), 2011 IEEE Congress on
Date of Conference: 5-8 June 2011