The recent advancement in single-cell RNA sequencing technologies enables the understanding of dynamic cellular processes at the single-cell level. Using trajectory inference methods, pseudotimes can be estimated based on reconstructed single-cell trajectories which can be further used to gain biological knowledge. Existing methods for modeling cell trajectories, such as minimal spanning tree or k-nearest neighbor graph, often lead to locally optimal solutions. In this paper, we propose a penalized likelihood-based framework and introduce a stochastic tree search (STS) algorithm aiming at the global solution in a large and non-convex tree space. Both simulated and real data experiments show that our approach is more accurate and robust than other existing methods in terms of cell ordering and pseudotime estimation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Feb 2023|
- embedding location tree
- single-cell RNA sequencing data analysis
- trajectory reconstruction
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