Riemannian Regression and Classification Models of Brain Networks Applied to Autism

  • Eleanor WongEmail author
  • Jeffrey S. Anderson
  • Brandon A. Zielinski
  • P. Thomas Fletcher
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11083)


Functional connectivity from resting-state functional MRI (rsfMRI) is typically represented as a symmetric positive definite (SPD) matrix. Analysis methods that exploit the Riemannian geometry of SPD matrices appropriately adhere to the positive definite constraint, unlike Euclidean methods. Recently proposed approaches for rsfMRI analysis have achieved high accuracy on public datasets, but are computationally intensive and difficult to interpret. In this paper, we show that we can get comparable results using connectivity matrices under the log-Euclidean and affine-invariant Riemannian metrics with relatively simple and interpretable models. On ABIDE Preprocessed dataset, our methods classify autism versus control subjects with 71.1% accuracy. We also show that Riemannian methods beat baseline in regressing connectome features to subject autism severity scores.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleanor Wong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jeffrey S. Anderson
    • 1
  • Brandon A. Zielinski
    • 1
  • P. Thomas Fletcher
    • 1
  1. 1.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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