Quantitative Biology

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 58–67 | Cite as

Integrative clustering methods of multi-omics data for molecule-based cancer classifications

  • Dongfang Wang
  • Jin Gu


One goal of precise oncology is to re-classify cancer based on molecular features rather than its tissue origin. Integrative clustering of large-scale multi-omics data is an important way for molecule-based cancer classification. The data heterogeneity and the complexity of inter-omics variations are two major challenges for the integrative clustering analysis. According to the different strategies to deal with these difficulties, we summarized the clustering methods as three major categories: direct integrative clustering, clustering of clusters and regulatory integrative clustering. A few practical considerations on data pre-processing, post-clustering analysis and pathway-based analysis are also discussed.


clustering cancer classification omics integrative analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Bioinformatics Division, Center for Synthetic and Systems Biology, Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology/Department of AutomationTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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