BMI/CS 776 Course Project

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  1. Devise a method for a DREAM Challenge.
  2. Enter the CAMDA 2015 Contest
  3. Design and evaluate a motif-finding method that takes into account dependencies between non-adjacent positions.
  4. Design and evaluate a motif-finding method that can run efficiently on thousands of ChIP-Seq-identified genomic intervals.
  5. Implement and empirically compare motif-finding methods that vary in the types of dependencies they can represent (e.g. zeroth and first-order Markov chains, Bayes nets, MDD).
  6. Design, implement and evaluate an algorithm for identifying cis-regulatory modules (CRM) (arrangements of binding site motifs that regulate a set of genes under certain conditions).
  7. Extend the Noto & Craven method for CRM finding by adding other search operators. Evaluate the effect of these operators.
  8. Compare the time to convergence and the resulting accuracy when EM and Gibbs sampling are used in a model with hidden state. The model could be a MEME-style motif model, another type of hidden Markov model, a stochastic context free grammar, a mixture model, etc.
  9. Implement a method for gene finding that employs multiple genomes. Investigate how the accuracy of the predictions are affected by how closely related the informant genome is (e.g. you might use, say, mouse, zebrafish, and fruit fly as the informant genomes).
  10. Implement and compare generative and discriminative probabilistic methods for a given task, such as gene finding.
  11. Devise a randomized version of a traditional filter for finding highly similar local similarities in sequences. Use an algorithm based on this randomization to efficiently find all high-scoring local alignments in a set of sequences.
  12. Implement and experiment with an SCFG-based approach for identifying RNA genes via cross-genome comparisons.
  13. Extend the method of Bockhorst and Craven for refining the structure of a context free grammar. Devise a new operator and an appropriate heuristic for applying it. Evaluate the method using a terminator data set.
  14. Design and evaluate an algorithm for aligning of protein networks.
  15. Implement and experiment with the module network approach of Segal et al.
  16. Design, implement and evaluate a method that clusters genes using multiple sources of evidence, such as gene-expression data and text associated with the genes.
  17. Implement and empirically compare an EM-based and an LDA-based approach for discovering topics in a set of scientific articles.
  18. Devise a grammar for some type of biological named entity (e.g. gene/protein names). Implement and evaluate a model, based on the grammar, for recognizing entities of this type in scientific articles.