Uncertainty and topographic visualisations

  • M. Sivaraksa

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    This thesis is a study of low-dimensional visualisation methods for data visualisation under certainty of the input data. It focuses on the two main feed-forward neural network algorithms which are NeuroScale and Generative Topographic Mapping (GTM) by trying to make both algorithms able to accommodate the uncertainty. The two models are shown not to work well under high levels of noise within the data and need to be modified. The modification of both models, NeuroScale and GTM, are verified by using synthetic data to show their ability to accommodate the noise. The thesis is interested in the controversy surrounding the non-uniqueness of predictive gene lists (PGL) of predicting prognosis outcome of breast cancer patients as available in DNA microarray experiments. Many of these studies have ignored the uncertainty issue resulting in random correlations of sparse model selection in high dimensional spaces. The visualisation techniques are used to confirm that the patients involved in such medical studies are intrinsically unclassifiable on the basis of provided PGL evidence. This additional category of ‘unclassifiable’ should be accommodated within medical decision support systems if serious errors and unnecessary adjuvant therapy are to be avoided.
    Date of AwardDec 2008
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorDavid Lowe (Supervisor)


    • topographic visualisations
    • NeuroScale
    • generative topographic mapping
    • uncertainty
    • breast cancer prognosis
    • gene expressions
    • microarray
    • Kullback-Leibler distance

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