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Polina Golland, Danial Lashkari, and Archana Venkataraman. 2008. “Spatial Patterns and Functional Profiles for Discovering Structure in fMRI Data”. Conf Rec Asilomar Conf Signals Syst Comput, 2008, Pp. 1402-1409.
We explore unsupervised, hypothesis-free methods for fMRI analysis in two different types of experiments. First, we employ clustering to identify large-scale functionally homogeneous systems. We formulate a generative mixture model, derive the EM algorithm and apply it to delineate functional systems. We also investigate spectral clustering in application to this problem and demonstrate that both methods give rise to similar partitions of the brain based on resting state fMRI data. Second, we demonstrate how to extend this approach to include information about the experimental protocol. Specifically, we formulate a mixture model in the space of possible profiles of brain response to stimuli. In both applications, our methods confirm previously known results in brain mapping and point to new research directions for exploratory analysis of fMRI data.Last updated on 02/24/2023