A zero-inflated non-negative matrix factorization for the deconvolution of mixed signals of biological data. Academic Article uri icon


  • A latent factor model for count data is popularly applied in deconvoluting mixed signals in biological data as exemplified by sequencing data for transcriptome or microbiome studies. Due to the availability of pure samples such as single-cell transcriptome data, the accuracy of the estimates could be much improved. However, the advantage quickly disappears in the presence of excessive zeros. To correctly account for this phenomenon in both mixed and pure samples, we propose a zero-inflated non-negative matrix factorization and derive an effective multiplicative parameter updating rule. In simulation studies, our method yielded the smallest bias. We applied our approach to brain gene expression as well as fecal microbiome datasets, illustrating the superior performance of the approach. Our method is implemented as a publicly available R-package, iNMF.

published proceedings

  • Int J Biostat

altmetric score

  • 1.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Kong, Y., Kozik, A., Nakatsu, C. H., Jones-Hall, Y. L., & Chun, H.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Kong, Yixin||Kozik, Ariangela||Nakatsu, Cindy H||Jones-Hall, Yava L||Chun, Hyonho

publication date

  • March 2021