8.4.3. Computing a connectome with sparse inverse covariance

This example constructs a functional connectome using the sparse inverse covariance.

We use the MSDL atlas of functional regions in rest, and the nilearn.input_data.NiftiMapsMasker to extract time series.

Note that the inverse covariance (or precision) contains values that can be linked to negated partial correlations, so we negated it for display.

As the MSDL atlas comes with (x, y, z) MNI coordinates for the different regions, we can visualize the matrix as a graph of interaction in a brain. To avoid having too dense a graph, we represent only the 20% edges with the highest values. Retrieve the atlas and the data

from nilearn import datasets
atlas = datasets.fetch_atlas_msdl()
# Loading atlas image stored in 'maps'
atlas_filename = atlas['maps']
# Loading atlas data stored in 'labels'
labels = atlas['labels']

# Loading the functional datasets
data = datasets.fetch_adhd(n_subjects=1)

# print basic information on the dataset
print('First subject functional nifti images (4D) are at: %s' %
      data.func[0])  # 4D data


First subject functional nifti images (4D) are at: /home/kamalakar/nilearn_data/adhd/data/0010042/0010042_rest_tshift_RPI_voreg_mni.nii.gz Extract time series

from nilearn.input_data import NiftiMapsMasker
masker = NiftiMapsMasker(maps_img=atlas_filename, standardize=True,
                         memory='nilearn_cache', verbose=5)

time_series = masker.fit_transform(data.func[0],


[NiftiMapsMasker.fit_transform] loading regions from /home/kamalakar/nilearn_data/msdl_atlas/MSDL_rois/msdl_rois.nii
Resampling maps
[Memory]    0.0s, 0.0min: Loading resample_img...
________________________________________resample_img cache loaded - 0.0s, 0.0min
[Memory]    0.2s, 0.0min: Loading filter_and_extract...
__________________________________filter_and_extract cache loaded - 0.0s, 0.0min Compute the sparse inverse covariance

from sklearn.covariance import GraphLassoCV
estimator = GraphLassoCV()

estimator.fit(time_series) Display the connectome matrix

from nilearn import plotting
# Display the covariance

# The covariance can be found at estimator.covariance_
plotting.plot_matrix(estimator.covariance_, labels=labels,
                     figure=(9, 7), vmax=1, vmin=-1,
../../_images/sphx_glr_plot_inverse_covariance_connectome_001.png And now display the corresponding graph

coords = atlas.region_coords

plotting.plot_connectome(estimator.covariance_, coords,
../../_images/sphx_glr_plot_inverse_covariance_connectome_002.png Display the sparse inverse covariance

we negate it to get partial correlations

plotting.plot_matrix(-estimator.precision_, labels=labels,
                     figure=(9, 7), vmax=1, vmin=-1,
                     title='Sparse inverse covariance')
../../_images/sphx_glr_plot_inverse_covariance_connectome_003.png And now display the corresponding graph

plotting.plot_connectome(-estimator.precision_, coords,
                         title='Sparse inverse covariance')


Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 7.881 seconds)

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