Risk classification of cancer survival using ANN with gene expression data from multiple laboratories

Yen Chen Chen, Wan Chi Ke, Hung Wen Chiu

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Numerous cancer studies have combined gene expression experiments and clinical survival data to predict the prognosis of patients of specific gene types. However, most results of these studies were data dependent and were not suitable for other data sets. This study performed cross-laboratory validations for the cancer patient data from 4 hospitals. We investigated the feasibility of survival risk predictions using high-throughput gene expression data and clinical data. We analyzed multiple data sets for prognostic applications in lung cancer diagnosis. After building tens of thousands of various ANN architectures using the training data, five survival-time correlated genes were identified from 4 microarray gene expression data sets by examining the correlation between gene signatures and patient survival time. The experimental results showed that gene expression data can be used for valid predictions of cancer patient survival classification with an overall accuracy of 83.0% based on survival time trusted data. The results show the prediction model yielded excellent predictions given that patients in the high-risk group obtained a lower median overall survival compared with low-risk patients (log-rank test P-value

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalComputers in Biology and Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2014


  • Gene expression
  • Lung cancer
  • Machine learning
  • Microarray
  • Neural network
  • Outcome prediction
  • Survival analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics
  • Medicine(all)


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