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The research article “Long-tailed graphical model and frequentist inference of the model parameters for biological networks”, co-authored by METU member Prof. Vilda Purutçuoğlu Gazi, has been published in Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation.

The biological organism is a complex structure regulated by interactions of genes and proteins. Various linear and nonlinear models can define activations of these interactions. In this study, we have aimed to improve the Gaussian graphical model (GGM), which is one of the well-known probabilistic and parametric models describing steady-state activations of biological systems, and its inference based on the graphical lasso, shortly Glasso, method. Because, GGM with Glasso can have low accuracy when the system has many genes and data are far from the normal distribution. Hereby, we construct the model like GGM, but, suggest the long-tailed symmetric distribution (LTS), rather than the normality, and use the modified maximum likelihood (MML) estimator, rather than Glasso, in inference. From the assessment of simulated and real data analyses, it is seen that LTS with MML has higher accuracy and less computational demand with explicit expressions than results of GGM with Glasso.

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Prof. Vilda Purutçuoğlu Gazi

Web of Science/Publons Researcher ID: Scopus Author ID: 16023097100
About the author ORCID: 0000-0002-3913-9005


accuracy measures, biological networks, Gaussian graphical model, long-tailed symmetric distribution, modified maximum likelihood estimate

Other authors:
Ağraz, M.

The authors would like to thank the BAP project at Middle East Technical University (Orta Dogu Teknik ?niversitesi) (Project no: BAP-01-09-2017-002), COSTNET project (Project No: CA15109) and European Cooperation in Science and Technology [CA15109] for their support. The authors would like to thank the editor and an anonymous referee for their valuable suggestions which improve the quality of the paper.