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ANC Workshop: Gabriele Schweikert and Michael Gutmann, Chair: Heru Praptono

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  • ANC Workshop Talk
When Oct 04, 2016
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where IF 4.31/4.33
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Gabriele Schweikert

"!Aligning, clustering and visualisation of epigenomic marks"


Functional genomic and epigenomic research relies fundamentally on sequencing based methods like ChIP-seq for the detection of DNA-protein interactions. These techniques return large, high dimensional data sets with visually complex structures, such as multi-modal peaks extended over large genomic regions. Current tools for visualisation and data exploration represent and leverage these complex features only to a limited extend. 

We present DGW, an open source software package for simultaneous alignment and clustering of multiple epigenomic marks. DGW uses Dynamic Time Warping to adaptively rescale and align genomic distances which allows to group regions of interest with similar shapes, thereby capturing the structure of epigenomic marks. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach in a simulation study and on a real epigenomic data set from the ENCODE project. Our results show that DGW automatically recognises and aligns important genomic features such as transcription start sites and splicing sites from histone marks.


Michael Gutmann


"Bayesian Inference via Classification"


I first give a brief overview of my research, and then focus on how to infer parameters of complex generative models by solving a series of classification problems.