Efficient calculation of interval scores for DNA copy number data analysis

Doron Lipson*, Yonatan Aumann, Amir Ben-Dor, Nathan Linial, Zohar Yakhini

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Background. DNA amplifications and deletions characterize cancer genome and are often related to disease evolution. Microarray based techniques for measuring these DNA copy-number changes use fluorescence ratios at arrayed DNA elements (BACs, cDNA or oligonucleotides) to provide signals at high resolution, in terms of genomic locations. These data are then further analyzed to map aberrations and boundaries and identify biologically significant structures. Methods. We develop a statistical framework that enables the casting of several DNA copy number data analysis questions as optimization problems over real valued vectors of signals. The simplest form of the optimization problem seeks to maximize φ(I) = ∑ vi/√|I| over all subintervals / in the input vector. We present and prove a linear time approximation scheme for this problem. Namely, a process with time complexity O (nε-2) that outputs an interval for which φ(I) is at least Opt/α(ε), where Opt is the actual optimum and α(ε) → 1 as ε → 0. We further develop practical implementations that improve the performance of the naive quadratic approach by orders of magnitude. We discuss properties of optimal intervals and how they apply to the algorithm performance. Examples. We benchmark our algorithms on synthetic as well as publicly available DNA copy number data. We demonstrate the use of these methods for identifying aberrations in single samples as well as common alterations in fixed sets and subsets of breast cancer samples.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)83-100
Number of pages18
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
StatePublished - 2005
Event9th Annual International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology, RECOMB 2005 - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: 14 May 200518 May 2005


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