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Forward Gene Selection Algorithm Based on Least Squares Support Vector Machine

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DNA microarrays could provide useful information for cancer classification at gene expression level. The number of genes in a microarray is always several thousand while the number of training samples is always less than one hundred. In such case overfitting is a serious shortcoming for the machine learning algorithms. It is necessary to select the most informative genes to construct the input vectors of machine learning algorithms. A gene selection algorithm based on leave-one-out cross validation and least squares support vector machines is proposed in this paper. The proposed algorithm adopts sequential forward selection search scheme and can be used to determine adaptively the number of selected genes. The linear kernel function and the polynomial kernel function are used for least squares support vector machine. Results of numerical experiments show that the proposed algorithm is effective and comparable performance is achieved on six well-known benchmark problems.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2013

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