Statistical Diagnostics for Cancer: Analyzing High-Dimensional Data

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Matthias Dehmer
Wiley, Nov 9, 2012 - Medical - 450 pages
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This ready reference discusses different methods for statistically analyzing and validating data created with high-throughput methods. As opposed to other titles, this book focusses on systems approaches, meaning that no single gene or protein forms the basis of the analysis but rather a more or less complex biological network. From a methodological point of view, the well balanced contributions describe a variety of modern supervised and unsupervised statistical methods applied to various large-scale datasets from genomics and genetics experiments. Furthermore, since the availability of sufficient computer power in recent years has shifted attention from parametric to nonparametric methods, the methods presented here make use of such computer-intensive approaches as Bootstrap, Markov Chain Monte Carlo or general resampling methods. Finally, due to the large amount of information available in public databases, a chapter on Bayesian methods is included, which also provides a systematic means to integrate this information. A welcome guide for mathematicians and the medical and basic research communities.

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The book brings together the latest research -- in statistics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence -- that are part of the exciting and rapidly growing field of computational biology. This book is a timely and comprehensive overview of the novel techniques and tools for knowledge discovery in biomedical data” 

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Great book covering the principles of statistical analysis for cancer research. The book is suitable for readers who have statistical background and are doing applied mathematical research on cancer discoveries. The mathematical presentation is reasonably semi-formal, as intuitive explanations for an easy reading. Chapters contain a thorough treatment of their subject, touching on state-of-the-art topics and methodologies. Novel methods were also proposed in several chapters. It will be an excellent springboard for developing your own research ideas. 

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About the author (2012)

Frank Emmert-Streib studied physics at the University of Siegen (Germany) and received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Bremen (Germany). He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research (Kansas City, USA) in the Department for Bioinformatics and a Senior Fellow at the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) in the Department of Biostatistics and the Department of Genome Sciences. Currently, he is Lecturer/Assistant Professor at the Queen's University Belfast at the Center for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) leading the Computational Biology and Machine Learning Lab. His research interests are in the field of computational biology, machine learning and biostatistics in the development and application of methods from statistics and machine learning for the analysis of high-throughput data from genomics and genetics experiments.

Matthias Dehmer studied mathematics at the University of Siegen (Germany) and received his PhD in computer science from the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany). Afterwards, he was a research fellow at Vienna Bio Center (Austria), Vienna University of Technology and University of Coimbra (Portugal). Currently, he is Professor at UMIT - The Health and Life Sciences University (Austria). His research interests are in bioinformatics, cancer analysis, chemical graph theory, systems biology, complex networks, complexity, statistics and information theory. In particular, he is also working on machine learning-based methods to design new data analysis methods for solving problems in computational biology and medicinal chemistry.

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