Data visualization with simultaneous feature selection

Dharmesh M. Maniyar, Ian T. Nabney

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Data visualization algorithms and feature selection techniques are both widely used in bioinformatics but as distinct analytical approaches. Until now there has been no method of measuring feature saliency while training a data visualization model. We derive a generative topographic mapping (GTM) based data visualization approach which estimates feature saliency simultaneously with the training of the visualization model. The approach not only provides a better projection by modeling irrelevant features with a separate noise model but also gives feature saliency values which help the user to assess the significance of each feature. We compare the quality of projection obtained using the new approach with the projections from traditional GTM and self-organizing maps (SOM) algorithms. The results obtained on a synthetic and a real-life chemoinformatics dataset demonstrate that the proposed approach successfully identifies feature significance and provides coherent (compact) projections. © 2006 IEEE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2006 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, CIBCB'06
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event3rd symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: 28 Sept 200629 Sept 2006


Symposium3rd symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Abbreviated titleCIBCB '06
CityToronto, ON

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  • chemoinformatics
  • data mining
  • data visualization
  • feature selection
  • generative topographic mapping
  • unsupervised learning


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