Title

An empirical study of different approaches for protein classification

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

Many domains would benefit from reliable and efficient systems for automatic protein classification. An area of particular interest in recent studies on automatic protein classification is the exploration of new methods for extracting features from a protein that work well for specific problems. These methods, however, are not generalizable and have proven useful in only a few domains. Our goal is to evaluate several feature extraction approaches for representing proteins by testing them across multiple datasets. Different types of protein representations are evaluated: those starting from the position specific scoring matrix of the proteins (PSSM), those derived from the amino-acid sequence, two matrix representations, and features taken from the 3D tertiary structure of the protein. We also test new variants of proteins descriptors. We develop our system experimentally by comparing and combining different descriptors taken from the protein representations. Each descriptor is used to train a separate support vector machine (SVM), and the results are combined by sum rule. Some stand-alone descriptors work well on some datasets but not on others. Through fusion, the different descriptors provide a performance that works well across all tested datasets, in some cases performing better than the state-of-the-art.

Recommended Citation

Nanni, Loris, Alessandra Lumini, and Sheryl Brahnam. An empirical study of different approaches for protein classification." The Scientific World Journal 2014 (2014)."

DOI for the article

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/236717

Department

Management and Information Systems

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