Nature-Inspired Multiobjective Cancer Subtype Diagnosis

March 26, 2019

Yunhe WangBo LiuZhiqiang MaKa-chun WongXiangtao Li

Nature-Inspired Multiobjective Cancer Subtype Diagnosis


Cancer gene expression data is of great importance in cancer subtype diagnosis and drug discovery. Many computational methods have been proposed to classify subtypes using those data. However, most of the previous computational methods suffer from poor interpretability, experimental noises, and low diagnostic quality. To address those problems, multiobjective ensemble cuckoo search based on decomposition (MOECSA) is proposed to optimize those four objectives simultaneously including the number of features, the accuracy, and two entropy-based measures: the relevance and the redundancy, classifying the cancer gene expression data with high predictive power for different cardinality levels under multiple objectives. A novel binary encoding is proposed to choose gene subsets from the cancer gene expression data for calculating four objective functions. Furthermore, an effective ensemble mechanism blended in the cuckoo search algorithm framework is applied to balance the convergence speed and population diversity in MOECSA. To demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed algorithm, experiments on thirty-five benchmark cancer gene expression datasets, four independent disease datasets, and one sequencing-based dataset are carried out to compare MOECSA with the six state-of-the-art multiobjective evolutionary algorithms and seven traditional classification algorithms. The experimental results in different perspectives demonstrate that MOECSA has better diagnosis performance than others at multiple levels.



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