A1 Journal article – refereed
Algebraic shortcuts for leave-one-out cross-validation in supervised network inference




List of Authors: Stock M, Pahikkala T, Airola A, Waegeman W, De Baets B
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Briefings in Bioinformatics
Journal name in source: Briefings in bioinformatics
Journal acronym: Brief Bioinform
ISSN: 1467-5463
eISSN: 1477-4054

Abstract
Supervised machine learning techniques have traditionally been very successful at reconstructing biological networks, such as protein-ligand interaction, protein-protein interaction and gene regulatory networks. Many supervised techniques for network prediction use linear models on a possibly nonlinear pairwise feature representation of edges. Recently, much emphasis has been placed on the correct evaluation of such supervised models. It is vital to distinguish between using a model to either predict new interactions in a given network or to predict interactions for a new vertex not present in the original network. This distinction matters because (i) the performance might dramatically differ between the prediction settings and (ii) tuning the model hyperparameters to obtain the best possible model depends on the setting of interest. Specific cross-validation schemes need to be used to assess the performance in such different prediction settings.In this work we discuss a state-of-the-art kernel-based network inference technique called two-step kernel ridge regression. We show that this regression model can be trained efficiently, with a time complexity scaling with the number of vertices rather than the number of edges. Furthermore, this framework leads to a series of cross-validation shortcuts that allow one to rapidly estimate the model performance for any relevant network prediction setting. This allows computational biologists to fully assess the capabilities of their models. The machine learning techniques with the algebraic shortcuts are implemented in the RLScore software package: https://github.com/aatapa/RLScore.

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