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A Fast Algorithm for Constructing Efficient Event-Related fMRI Designs

Ming-Hung Kao (mkao3***at***asu.edu)
Hans D Mittelmann (mittelmann***at***asu.edu)

Abstract: We propose a novel, ecient approach for obtaining high-quality experimental designs for event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (ER-fMRI). Our approach combines a greedy hillclimbing algorithm and a cyclic permutation method. When searching for optimal ER-fMRI designs, the proposed approach focuses only on a promising restricted class of designs with equal frequency of occurrence across stimulus types. The computational time is signi cantly reduced. We also demonstrate that our proposed approach is very ecient in achieving designs that are robust against mis-speci cation of the error autocorrelation.

Keywords: A-optimality; cyclic permutation; D-optimality; genetic algorithm; hillclimbing; maximin design

Category 1: Applications -- Science and Engineering (Biomedical Applications )

Category 2: Global Optimization (Applications )

Category 3: Other Topics (Multi-Criteria Optimization )


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Entry Submitted: 02/12/2012
Entry Accepted: 02/12/2012
Entry Last Modified: 11/23/2012

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