Somnath Datta

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MOTIVATION With the advent of microarray chip technology, large data sets are emerging containing the simultaneous expression levels of thousands of genes at various time points during a biological process. Biologists are attempting to group genes based on the temporal pattern of their expression levels. While the use of hierarchical clustering (UPGMA) with(More)
The R package clValid contains functions for validating the results of a clustering analysis. There are three main types of cluster validation measures available, “internal”, “stability”, and “biological”. The user can choose from nine clustering algorithms in existing R packages, including hierarchical, K-means, self-organizing maps (SOM), and model based(More)
A cluster analysis is the most commonly performed procedure (often regarded as a first step) on a set of gene expression profiles. In most cases, a post hoc analysis is done to see if the genes in the same clusters can be functionally correlated. While past successes of such analyses have often been reported in a number of microarray studies (most of which(More)
Researchers in the field of bioinformatics often face a challenge of combining several ordered lists in a proper and efficient manner. Rank aggregation techniques offer a general and flexible framework that allows one to objectively perform the necessary aggregation. With the rapid growth of high-throughput genomic and proteomic studies, the potential(More)
We propose a new approach to fitting marginal models to clustered data when cluster size is informative. This approach uses a generalized estimating equation (GEE) that is weighted inversely with the cluster size. We show that our approach is asymptotically equivalent to within-cluster resampling (Hoffman, Sen, and Weinberg, 2001, Biometrika 73, 13-22), a(More)
The Wilcoxon rank-sum test is widely used to test the equality of two populations, because it makes fewer distributional assumptions than parametric procedures such as the t-test. However, the Wilcoxon rank-sum test can be used only if data are independent. When data are clustered, tests based on generalized estimating equations (GEEs) that generalize the(More)
Cluster analysis is an integral part of high dimensional data analysis. In the context of large scale gene expression data, a filtered set of genes are grouped together according to their expression profiles using one of numerous clustering algorithms that exist in the statistics and machine learning literature. A closely related problem is that of(More)
It has been long well known that genes do not act alone; rather groups of genes act in consort during a biological process. Consequently, the expression levels of genes are dependent on each other. Experimental techniques to detect such interacting pairs of genes have been in place for quite some time. With the advent of microarray technology, newer(More)
MOTIVATION Gene association/interaction networks provide vast amounts of information about essential processes inside the cell. A complete picture of gene-gene associations/interactions would open new horizons for biologists, ranging from pure appreciation to successful manipulation of biological pathways for therapeutic purposes. Therefore, identification(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD), the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, affects at least 1% of the population over the age of 50. However, very little information is available regarding the molecular basis of PD among Indians. Since the largest number of mutations have been detected in the Parkin gene among all known PD loci, we aim to use Parkin as(More)