How Machine Learning Is Transforming Bioscience Research

(Image: Creative Commons) How is machine learning transforming bioscience research? originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Sai Janani Ganesan, Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSF, on Quora: The relationship between biology and machine learning is not new and has existed for decades, even before data science and machine learning became fashionable. Fields like protein structure prediction, homology modeling [1] [2] [3] and cheminformatics [4] frequently employ tools from machine learning. PCA or dimensionality reduction/SVMs/clustering/random forest classifier, etc. are all a fundamental part of bioinformatics literature. So, what is new? For a long time machine learning was defined by the ability to choose effective features, which is often (a) labor intensive and (b) requires a need to understand or have an idea…


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