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Identifying Biologically Significant Pathways by Gene Set Enrichment Analysis Using Fisher's Criterion

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3 Author(s)
Jaeyoung Kim ; Sch. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., KyungpookNational Univ., Daegu, South Korea ; Hyungmin Lee ; Miyoung Shin

Gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA) is a computational method to identify statistically significant gene-sets showing differential expression between two groups. In particular, unlike other previous approaches, this enables us to uncover their biological meanings in an elegant way by providing a unified analytical framework that employs a priori known biological knowledges along with gene expression profiles during the analysis procedure. For original GSEA, all the genes in a given dataset are ordered by the signal-to-noise ratio of their microarray expression profiles between two groups and then further analyses are proceeded. Despite of its impressive results in previous studies with original GSEA, however, gene ranking by the signal-to-noise ratio makes it difficult to extract both highly up-regulated genes and highly down-regulated genes at a time as significant genes, which may not reflect such situations as incurred in metabolic and signaling pathways. Thus, it is necessary to make further investigation for better finding of biologically significant pathways. To deal with this problem, in this article, we explore the method of gene set enrichment analysis with Fisher's criterion for gene ranking, named FC-GSEA, and evaluate its effects made in leukemia related pathway analyses.

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Future Generation Communication and Networking, 2008. FGCN '08. Second International Conference on  (Volume:3 )

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13-15 Dec. 2008