Big Data to Knowledge: Application of Machine Learning to Predictive Modeling of Therapeutic Response in Cancer

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Author(s): Sukanya Panja, Sarra Rahem, Cassandra J. Chu, Antonina Mitrofanova*

Journal Name: Current Genomics

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Background: In recent years, the availability of high throughput technologies, establishment of large molecular patient data repositories, and advancement in computing power and storage have allowed elucidation of complex mechanisms implicated in therapeutic response in cancer patients. The breadth and depth of such data, alongside experimental noise and missing values, requires a sophisticated human-machine interaction that would allow effective learning from complex data and accurate forecasting of future outcomes, ideally embedded in the core of machine learning design.

Objective: In this review, we will discuss machine learning techniques utilized for modeling of treatment response in cancer, including Random Forests, support vector machines, neural networks, and linear and logistic regression. We will overview their mathematical foundations and discuss their limitations and alternative approaches all in light of their application to therapeutic response modeling in cancer.

Conclusion: We hypothesize that the increase in the number of patient profiles and potential temporal monitoring of patient data will define even more complex techniques, such as deep learning and causal analysis, as central players in therapeutic response modeling.

Keywords: Therapeutic response, therapeutic resistance, machine learning, cancer, prediction

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Published on: 23 December, 2020
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DOI: 10.2174/1389202921999201224110101
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