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Using hierarchical variational autoencoders to incorporate conditional independent priors for paired single-cell multi-omics data integration
Ping-Han Hsieh · Ru-Xiu Hsiao · Tatiana Belova · Katalin Ferenc · Anthony Mathelier · Rebekka Burkholz · Chien-Yu Chen · Geir Kjetil Sandve · Marieke L Kuijjer
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Recently, paired single-cell sequencing technology has allowed the measurement of multiple modalities of molecular data simultaneously, at single-cell resolution. Along with the advances in these technologies, many methods have been developed aiming at integrating these paired single-cell multi-omics data have been developed. However, how to incorporate prior biological understanding of the properties of data into the existing model remains an open question in the field.Here, we propose a novel probabilistic learning framework that explicitly incorporates the conditional independent relationships between multi-modal data as a directed acyclic graph using a generalized hierarchical variational autoencoder. We show that our method can identify cell clusters that might be of interest. We anticipate our proposed framework could help construct flexible graphical models that reflect biological hypotheses with ease and unravel the interactions between different biological data types, such as different modalities of paired single-cell multi-omics data.

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Ping-Han Hsieh (University of Oslo)
Ru-Xiu Hsiao (National Taiwan University)
Tatiana Belova (University of Oslo)
Katalin Ferenc (University of Oslo)
Anthony Mathelier
Rebekka Burkholz (CISPA, Helmholtz Center, Saarland Informatics Campus)
Chien-Yu Chen
Geir Kjetil Sandve (Department of Informatics, University of Oslo)
Marieke L Kuijjer (University of Oslo)

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