Data Mining for Biologists

Data Mining for Biologists

Koji Tsuda (Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-398-2.ch002


In this tutorial chapter, the author reviews basics about frequent pattern mining algorithms, including itemset mining, association rule mining, and graph mining. These algorithms can find frequently appearing substructures in discrete data. They can discover structural motifs, for example, from mutation data, protein structures, and chemical compounds. As they have been primarily used for business data, biological applications are not so common yet, but their potential impact would be large. Recent advances in computers including multicore machines and ever increasing memory capacity support the application of such methods to larger datasets. The author explains technical aspects of the algorithms, but do not go into details. Current biological applications are summarized and possible future directions are given.

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