8.6.2. Multivariate decompositions: Independent component analysis of fMRIΒΆ

This example is meant to demonstrate nilearn as a low-level tools used to combine feature extraction with a multivariate decomposition algorithm for resting state.

This example is a toy. To apply ICA to resting-state data, it is advised to look at the example Group analysis of resting-state fMRI with ICA: CanICA.

The example here applies the scikit-learn ICA to resting-state data. Note that following the code in the example, any unsupervised decomposition model, or other latent-factor models, can be applied to the data, as the scikit-learn API enables to exchange them as almost black box (though the relevant parameter for brain maps might no longer be given by a call to fit_transform).

Load ADHD dataset

from nilearn import datasets
# Here we use only 3 subjects to get faster-running code. For better
# results, simply increase this number
# XXX: must get the code to run for more than 1 subject
dataset = datasets.fetch_adhd(n_subjects=1)
func_filename = dataset.func[0]

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


First subject functional nifti image (4D) is at: /home/kshitij/nilearn_data/adhd/data/0010042/0010042_rest_tshift_RPI_voreg_mni.nii.gz


from nilearn.input_data import NiftiMasker

# This is resting-state data: the background has not been removed yet,
# thus we need to use mask_strategy='epi' to compute the mask from the
# EPI images
masker = NiftiMasker(smoothing_fwhm=8, memory='nilearn_cache', memory_level=1,
                     mask_strategy='epi', standardize=True)
data_masked = masker.fit_transform(func_filename)

# Concatenate all the subjects
# fmri_data = np.concatenate(data_masked, axis=1)
fmri_data = data_masked

Apply ICA

from sklearn.decomposition import FastICA
n_components = 10
ica = FastICA(n_components=n_components, random_state=42)
components_masked = ica.fit_transform(data_masked.T).T

# Normalize estimated components, for thresholding to make sense
components_masked -= components_masked.mean(axis=0)
components_masked /= components_masked.std(axis=0)
# Threshold
import numpy as np
components_masked[np.abs(components_masked) < .8] = 0

# Now invert the masking operation, going back to a full 3D
# representation
component_img = masker.inverse_transform(components_masked)

Visualize the results

# Show some interesting components
from nilearn import image
from nilearn.plotting import plot_stat_map, show

# Use the mean as a background
mean_img = image.mean_img(func_filename)

plot_stat_map(image.index_img(component_img, 0), mean_img)

plot_stat_map(image.index_img(component_img, 1), mean_img)

  • ../../_images/sphx_glr_plot_ica_resting_state_001.png
  • ../../_images/sphx_glr_plot_ica_resting_state_002.png

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 2.313 seconds)

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