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A systematic review of biologically-informed deep learning models for cancer: fundamental trends for encoding and interpreting oncology data
Type of publication: Journal paper
Citation: Wysocka_BMCBIOINFORMATICS_2023
Publication status: Published
Journal: BMC Bioinformatics
Volume: 24
Number: 198
Year: 2023
Month: May
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12859-023-05262-8
Abstract: Background There is an increasing interest in the use of Deep Learning (DL) based methods as a supporting analytical framework in oncology. However, most direct applications of DL will deliver models with limited transparency and explainability, which constrain their deployment in biomedical settings. Methods This systematic review discusses DL models used to support inference in cancer biology with a particular emphasis on multi-omics analysis. It focuses on how existing models address the need for better dialogue with prior knowledge, biological plausibility and interpretability, fundamental properties in the biomedical domain. For this, we retrieved and analyzed 42 studies focusing on emerging architectural and methodological advances, the encoding of biological domain knowledge and the integration of explainability methods. Results We discuss the recent evolutionary arch of DL models in the direction of integrating prior biological relational and network knowledge to support better generalisation (e.g. pathways or Protein-Protein-Interaction networks) and interpretability. This represents a fundamental functional shift towards models which can integrate mechanistic and statistical inference aspects. We introduce a concept of bio-centric interpretability and according to its taxonomy, we discuss representational methodologies for the integration of domain prior knowledge in such models. Conclusions The paper provides a critical outlook into contemporary methods for explainability and interpretability used in DL for cancer. The analysis points in the direction of a convergence between encoding prior knowledge and improved interpretability. We introduce bio-centric interpretability which is an important step towards formalisation of biological interpretability of DL models and developing methods that are less problem- or application-specific.
Keywords: Cancer Genomics, deep learning, Domain Knowledge Integration, Explainable AI, Graph Neural Networks, Multi-omics Data, Sparse Neural Networks
Projects Idiap
Authors Wysocka, Magdalena
Wysocki, Oskar
Zufferey, Marie
Landers, Donal
Freitas, Andre
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