A mapreduce-based parallel clustering algorithm for large protein-protein interaction networks

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Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 2012, 7713 LNAI pp. 138 - 148
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Clustering proteins or identifying functionally related proteins in Protein-Protein Interaction (PPI) networks is one of the most computation-intensive problems in the proteomic community. Most researches focused on improving the accuracy of the clustering algorithms. However, the high computation cost of these clustering algorithms, such as Girvan and Newmans clustering algorithm, has been an obstacle to their use on large-scale PPI networks. In this paper, we propose an algorithm, called Clustering-MR, to address the problem. Our solution can effectively parallelize the Girvan and Newmans clustering algorithms based on edge-betweeness using MapReduce. We evaluated the performance of our Clustering-MR algorithm in a cloud environment with different sizes of testing datasets and different numbers of worker nodes. The experimental results show that our Clustering-MR algorithm can achieve high performance for large-scale PPI networks with more than 1000 proteins or 5000 interactions. © Springer-Verlag 2012.
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