WDC - Weighted Degree Centrality


In WDC, the gene expression profiles are incorporated into the PPI network in terms of Pearson correlation coefficient and develope a essential protein prediction method based on PCC and ECC.
Computational prediction of essential proteins based on the global protein-protein interaction (PPI) network is severely restricted because of the insufficiency of the PPI data, but fortunately the gene expression profiles help to make up the deficiency. In WDC, Pearson correlation coefficient (PCC) is used to bridge the gap between PPI and gene expression data.

The weighted degree centrality WDC of a node i is the sum of weighted values of the edges connecting node i and its neighbors. It can be expressed as:
WDC - Weighted Degree Centrality
where Ni is the set of neighbors of node i and Wi,j refers to the weighted value of edge between node i and its neighbor j.
The weight of an interaction is given by the metric described as:

W = ECC × λ + PCC × (1-λ)

The PCC and ECC stand for the Pearson correlation coefficient and edge clustering coefficient of an interaction, respectively. The constant λ falls within the interval: [0, 1]. When λ= 1, only the edge clustering coefficient is considered. At the opposite extreme, i.e., λ= 0, just the Pearson correlation coefficient is considered.
The performance of WDC is better when λ∈ [0.3, 0.5]. Its performance in particular is optimal when λ = 0.5.



  • TANG, X., WANG, J., ZHONG, J. & PAN, Y. 2013. Predicting essential proteins basedon weighted degree centrality. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, 11, 407-418.


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