Classification of schizophrenia patients based on resting-state functional network connectivity

Mohammad R. Arbabshirani, Kent A. Kiehl, Godfrey D. Pearlson, Vince D. Calhoun

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There is a growing interest in automatic classification of mental disorders based on neuroimaging data. Small training data sets (subjects) and very large amount of high dimensional data make it a challenging task to design robust and accurate classifiers for heterogeneous disorders such as schizophrenia. Most previous studies considered structural MRI, diffusion tensor imaging and task-based fMRI for this purpose. However, resting-state data has been rarely used in discrimination of schizophrenia patients from healthy controls. Resting data are of great interest, since they are relatively easy to collect, and not confounded by behavioral performance on a task. Several linear and non-linear classification methods were trained using a training dataset and evaluate with a separate testing dataset. Results show that classification with high accuracy is achievable using simple non-linear discriminative methods such as k-nearest neighbors (KNNs) which is very promising. We compare and report detailed results of each classifier as well as statistical analysis and evaluation of each single feature. To our knowledge our effects represent the first use of resting-state functional network connectivity (FNC) features to classify schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberArticle 133
JournalFrontiers in Neuroscience
Issue number7 JUL
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Classification
  • Functional network connectivity
  • Independent component analysis (ICA)
  • Resting-state fMRI
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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