Visualization of Nonlinear Classification Models in Neuroimaging - Signed Sensitivity Maps

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2012

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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
Title of host publicationBIOSIGNALS 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing
Publication date2012
ISBN (print)978-989-8425-89-8
StatePublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing (BIOSIGNALS 2012) - Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal


ConferenceInternational Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing (BIOSIGNALS 2012)
CityVilamoura, Algarve
Internet address


  • Magnetic resonance imaging, Neuroimaging, Neurophysiology, Signal processing, Visualization, Classification (of information)
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