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MAVE-NN: Quantitative Modeling of Genotype-Phenotype Maps as Information Bottlenecks

Tareen, Ammar and Ireland, William T. and Posfai, Anna and McCandlish, David M. and Kinney, Justin B. (2020) MAVE-NN: Quantitative Modeling of Genotype-Phenotype Maps as Information Bottlenecks. . (Unpublished)

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Multiplex assays of variant effect (MAVEs) are being rapidly adopted in many areas of biology including gene regulation, protein science, and evolution. However, inferring quantitative models of genotype-phenotype maps from MAVE data remains a challenge. Here we introduce MAVE-NN, a neural-network-based Python package that addresses this problem by conceptualizing genotype-phenotype maps as information bottlenecks. We demonstrate the versatility, performance, and speed of MAVE-NN on a diverse range of published MAVE datasets. MAVE-NN is easy to install and is thoroughly documented at

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Ireland, William T.0000-0003-0971-2904
Kinney, Justin B.0000-0003-1897-3778
Additional Information:The copyright holder for this preprint is the author/funder, who has granted bioRxiv a license to display the preprint in perpetuity. It is made available under a CC-BY 4.0 International license. Posted July 14, 2020. The authors would like to thank Peter Koo for providing valuable comments. This work was supported by NIH grant 1R35GM133777 (awarded to JBK) and NIH Grant 1R35GM133613 (awarded to DMM), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (awarded to DMM), a grant from the CSHL/Northwell Health partnership, and funding from the Simons Center for Quantitative Biology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Availability of data and materials: • Project: mavenn • Documentation: • Programming language: Python • Installation: pip install mavenn • License: MIT • Restrictions on use by non-academics: None. The authors declare that they have no competing interests. Author's contributions: JBK, AT, and DMM conceived the project. AT and JBK wrote the software. AT tested the software and released it as a python package on PYPI. AT, DMM, and JBK wrote the manuscript. WTI wrote a preliminary version of the software. AP performed the gauge fixing analysis. All authors contributed to aspects of the analyses.
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Subject Keywords:MAVE; Neural Networks; Noise Agnostic Regression; Global Epistasis Regression
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Official Citation:MAVE-NN: Quantitative Modeling of Genotype-Phenotype Maps as Information Bottlenecks. Ammar Tareen, William T. Ireland, Anna Posfai, David M. McCandlish, Justin B. Kinney. bioRxiv 2020.07.14.201475; doi:
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:16 Jul 2020 16:09
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