Soft Computing

, Volume 12, Issue 7, pp 693–698

Gene selection using genetic algorithm and support vectors machines



In this paper, we present a gene selection method based on genetic algorithm (GA) and support vector machines (SVM) for cancer classification. First, the Wilcoxon rank sum test is used to filter noisy and redundant genes in high dimensional microarray data. Then, the different highly informative genes subsets are selected by GA/SVM using different training sets. The final subset, consisting of highly discriminating genes, is obtained by analyzing the frequency of appearance of each gene in the different gene subsets. The proposed method is tested on three open datasets: leukemia, breast cancer, and colon cancer data. The results show that the proposed method has excellent selection and classification performance, especially for breast cancer data, which can yield 100% classification accuracy using only four genes.


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© Springer-Verlag 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Electrical and Information EngineeringHunan UniversityChangsha, HunanPeople’s Republic of China

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