BGP: identifying gene-specific branching dynamics from single cell data with a branching Gaussian process

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High-throughput single-cell gene expression experiments can be used to uncover branching dynamics in cell populations undergoing differentiation through use of pseudotime methods. We develop the branching Gaussian process (BGP), a non-parametric model that is able to identify branching dynamics for individual genes and provides an estimate of branching times for each gene with an associated credible region. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our method on simulated data, a single-cell RNA-seq hematopoiesis study and mouse embryonic stem cells generated using droplet barcoding. The method is robust to high levels of technical variation and dropout which are common in single cell data.

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Original languageEnglish
Article number65
JournalGenome biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2018

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