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scGCN: a Graph Convolutional Networks Algorithm for Knowledge Transfer in Single Cell Omics

By Qianqian Song, Jing Su, Wei Zhang

Posted 14 Sep 2020
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.09.13.295535

Single-cell omics represent the fastest-growing genomics data type in the literature and the public genomics repositories. Leveraging the growing repository of labeled datasets and transferring labels from existing datasets to newly generated datasets will empower the exploration of the single-cell omics. The current label transfer methods have limited performance, largely due to the intrinsic heterogeneity and extrinsic differences between datasets. Here, we present a robust graph-based artificial intelligence model, single-cell Graph Convolutional Network (scGCN), to achieve effective knowledge transfer across disparate datasets. Benchmarked with other label transfer methods on totally 30 single cell omics datasets, scGCN has consistently demonstrated superior accuracy on leveraging cells from different tissues, platforms, and species, as well as cells profiled at different molecular layers. scGCN is implemented as an integrated workflow as a python software, which is available at <https://github.com/QSong-github/scGCN>. ### Competing Interest Statement The authors have declared no competing interest.

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