SparRec: An effective matrix completion framework of missing data imputation for GWAS

Bo Jiang, Shiqian Ma, Jason Causey, Linbo Qiao, Matthew Price Hardin, Ian Bitts, Daniel Johnson, Shuzhong Zhang, Xiuzhen Huang

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Genome-wide association studies present computational challenges for missing data imputation, while the advances of genotype technologies are generating datasets of large sample sizes with sample sets genotyped on multiple SNP chips. We present a new framework SparRec (Sparse Recovery) for imputation, with the following properties: (1) The optimization models of SparRec, based on low-rank and low number of co-clusters of matrices, are different from current statistics methods. While our low-rank matrix completion (LRMC) model is similar to Mendel-Impute, our matrix co-clustering factorization (MCCF) model is completely new. (2) SparRec, as other matrix completion methods, is flexible to be applied to missing data imputation for large meta-analysis with different cohorts genotyped on different sets of SNPs, even when there is no reference panel. This kind of meta-analysis is very challenging for current statistics based methods. (3) SparRec has consistent performance and achieves high recovery accuracy even when the missing data rate is as high as 90%. Compared with Mendel-Impute, our low-rank based method achieves similar accuracy and efficiency, while the co-clustering based method has advantages in running time. The testing results show that SparRec has significant advantages and competitive performance over other state-of-the-art existing statistics methods including Beagle and fastPhase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number35534
JournalScientific reports
StatePublished - Oct 20 2016

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Funding Information:
This work was also partially supported by the National Institute of Health grants from the National Center for Research Resources (P20RR016460) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (P20GM103429).

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