Dhammika Amaratunga

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Although the random forest classification procedure works well in datasets with many features, when the number of features is huge and the percentage of truly informative features is small, such as with DNA microarray data, its performance tends to decline significantly. In such instances, the procedure can be improved by reducing the contribution of trees(More)
BACKGROUND The variations of the circle of Willis (CW) are clinically important as patients with effective collateral circulations have a lower risk of transient ischemic attack and stroke than those with ineffective collaterals. The aim of the present cadaveric study was to investigate the anatomical variations of the CW and to compare the frequency of(More)
To meet growing needs for high throughput gene expression profiling, we established a new automated high throughput TaqMan RT-PCR method for quantitative mRNA expression analysis. In this method, the Allegro( trade mark ) (Zymark) system conducts all sample tracking and liquid handling steps, and ABI PRISM 7900 HT (Applied Biosystems) is used to conduct(More)
SNP arrays offer the opportunity to get a genome-wide view on copy number alterations and are increasingly used in oncology. DNA from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded material (FFPE) is partially degraded which limits the application of those technologies for retrospective studies. We present the use of Affymetrix GeneChip SNP6.0 for identification of copy(More)
MOTIVATION DNA microarray technology typically generates many measurements of which only a relatively small subset is informative for the interpretation of the experiment. To avoid false positive results, it is therefore critical to select the informative genes from the large noisy data before the actual analysis. Most currently available filtering(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence from various consortia on vascular contributions has been inconsistent in determining the etiology of sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). OBJECTIVE To investigate vascular risk factors and cerebrovascular pathologies associated in manifestation of AD-related neuropathological changes of an elderly population. METHODS Postmortem brain(More)
The intent of this article is to discuss some of the complexities of toxicogenomics data and the statistical design and analysis issues that arise in the course of conducting a toxicogenomics study. We also describe a procedure for classifying compounds into various hepatotoxicity classes based on gene expression data. The methodology involves first(More)
Probe-level data from Affymetrix GeneChips can be summarized in many ways to produce probe-set level gene expression measures (GEMs). Disturbingly, the different approaches not only generate quite different measures but they could also yield very different analysis results. Here, we explore the question of how much the analysis results really do differ,(More)