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In BMC bioinformatics

BACKGROUND : Extracting meaningful information from unbiased high-throughput data has been a challenge in diverse areas. Specifically, in the early stages of drug discovery, a considerable amount of data was generated to understand disease biology when identifying disease targets. Several random walk-based approaches have been applied to solve this problem, but they still have limitations. Therefore, we suggest a new method that enhances the effectiveness of high-throughput data analysis with random walks.

RESULTS : We developed a new random walk-based algorithm named prioritization with a warped network (PWN), which employs a warped network to achieve enhanced performance. Network warping is based on both internal and external features: graph curvature and prior knowledge.

CONCLUSIONS : We showed that these compositive features synergistically increased the resulting performance when applied to random walk algorithms, which led to PWN consistently achieving the best performance among several other known methods. Furthermore, we performed subsequent experiments to analyze the characteristics of PWN.

Han Seokjin, Hong Jinhee, Yun So Jeong, Koo Hee Jung, Kim Tae Yong


Disease-target identification, Machine learning, Protein–protein interaction, Random walk