Comparison of methods for image analysis on cDNA microarray data
Publication Year 2002-03, Volume 11, Issue #1, Page 108-136
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- JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL AND GRAPHICAL STATISTICS
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- Journal Article
- Microarrays are part of a new class of biotechnologies which allow the monitoring of expression levels for thousands of genes simultaneously. Image analysis is an important aspect of microarray experiments, one that can have a potentially large impact on subsequent analyses such as clustering or the identification of differentially expressed genes. This article reviews a number of existing image analysis approaches for cDNA microarray experiments and proposes new addressing, segmentation, and background correction methods for extracting information from microarray scanned images. The segmentation component uses a seeded region growing algorithm which makes provision for spots of different shapes and sizes. The background estimation approach is based on an image analysis technique known as morphological opening. These new image analysis procedures are implemented in a software package named Spot, built on the R environment for statistical computing. The statistical properties of the different segmentation and background adjustment methods are examined using microarray data from a study of lipid metabolism in mice. It is shown that in some cases background adjustment can substantially reduce the precision-that is, increase the variability-of low-intensity spot values. In contrast, the choice of segmentation procedure has a smaller impact. The comparison further suggests that seeded region growing segmentation with morphological background correction provides precise and accurate estimates of foreground and background intensities.
- AMER STATISTICAL ASSOC
- GENE-EXPRESSION PATTERNS; HUMAN CANCER; IDENTIFICATION; DISCOVERY; ARRAYS; YEAST
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