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Exploring Heritability of Functional Brain Networks with Inexact Graph Matching

Abstract · Mar 29, 2017 14:24 ·

q-bio-nc cs-ne

Arxiv Abstract

  • Sofia Ira Ktena
  • Salim Arslan
  • Sarah Parisot
  • Daniel Rueckert

Data-driven brain parcellations aim to provide a more accurate representation of an individual’s functional connectivity, since they are able to capture individual variability that arises due to development or disease. This renders comparisons between the emerging brain connectivity networks more challenging, since correspondences between their elements are not preserved. Unveiling these correspondences is of major importance to keep track of local functional connectivity changes. We propose a novel method based on graph edit distance for the comparison of brain graphs directly in their domain, that can accurately reflect similarities between individual networks while providing the network element correspondences. This method is validated on a dataset of 116 twin subjects provided by the Human Connectome Project.

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