A framework model using multifilter feature selection to enhance colon cancer classification

Murad Al-Rajab, Joan Lu, Qiang Xu

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Gene expression profiles can be utilized in the diagnosis of critical diseases such as cancer. The selection of biomarker genes from these profiles is significant and crucial for cancer detection. This paper presents a framework proposing a two-stage multifilter hybrid model of feature selection for colon cancer classification. Colon cancer is being extremely common nowadays among other types of cancer. There is a need to find fast and an accurate method to detect the tissues, and enhance the diagnostic process and the drug discovery. This paper reports on a study whose objective has been to improve the diagnosis of cancer of the colon through a two-stage, multifilter model of feature selection. The model described deals with feature selection using a combination of Information Gain and a Genetic Algorithm. The next stage is to filter and rank the genes identified through this method using the minimum Redundancy Maximum Relevance (mRMR) technique. The final phase is to further analyze the data using correlated machine learning algorithms. This two-stage approach, which involves the selection of genes before classification techniques are used, improves success rates for the identification of cancer cells. It is found that Decision Tree, K-Nearest Neighbor, and Naïve Bayes classifiers had showed promising accurate results using the developed hybrid framework model. It is concluded that the performance of our proposed method has achieved a higher accuracy in comparison with the existing methods reported in the literatures. This study can be used as a clue to enhance treatment and drug discovery for the colon cancer cure.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0249094
Pages (from-to)e0249094
Number of pages26
JournalPLoS One
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2021


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