Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103
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Middlebury, VT 05753
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“Applying Machine Learning and the “unreasonable effectiveness of data” to Structural Variant Genotyping in Whole Genome Sequencing”

Structural variants (SVs), large (>50bp) insertions or deletions in the DNA sequence, can cause numerous genetic diseases. However, due to their larger size, SVs are difficult to directly detect and accurately genotype (determine whether a person has 0, 1, or 2 copies of an SV) with widely used genome sequencers. Existing SV genotypers can only partially account for the sample, SV- and analysis pipeline-specific biases that reduce genotyping accuracy. Instead of trying to define a model for those complex and interconnected effects, we use simulation to generate the data we should expect. This talk will present a series of simulation-based, machine learning tools for improving SV genotyping developed with Middlebury Computer Science students that apply what Halevy et al. called the “unreasonable effectiveness of data” to genome analysis.

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Bolduc, Tania