Visualization of Nonlinear Classification Models in Neuroimaging - Signed Sensitivity Maps

Peter Mondrup Rasmussen, Tanya Schmah, Kristoffer H Madsen, Torben E. Lund, Grigori Yourganov, Stephen C. Strother, Lars Kai Hansen

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Classification models are becoming increasing popular tools in the analysis of neuroimaging data sets. Besides obtaining good prediction accuracy, a competing goal is to interpret how the classifier works. From a neuroscientific perspective, we are interested in the brain pattern reflecting the underlying neural encoding of an experiment defining multiple brain states. In this relation there is a great desire for the researcher to generate brain maps, that highlight brain locations of importance to the classifiers decisions. Based on sensitivity analysis, we develop further procedures for model visualization. Specifically we focus on the generation of summary maps of a nonlinear classifier, that reveal how the classifier works in different parts of the input domain. Each of the maps includes sign information, unlike earlier related methods. The sign information allows the researcher to assess in which direction the individual locations influence the classification. We illustrate the visualization procedure on a real data from a simple functional magnetic resonance imaging experiment.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBIOSIGNALS 2012
Pages (from-to)254-263
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing - Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 1 Feb 20124 Feb 2012


ConferenceInternational Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing
CityVilamoura, Algarve

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