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Machine Learning accurately predicts human height from genetic information

• nextbigfuture.com by brian wang

Hsu has also predicted that with the gene sequences of about 1 million people we could construct a good genomic predictor for cognitive ability and identify most of the associated common SNPs. Hsu has now gotten close to a good genetic predictor of height. His prediction about being able to predict intelligence seems even more credible. One challenge is that intelligence measurement is not precise and unambiguous like a height measurement.

1. The actual heights of most individuals in our replication tests are within a few centimeters of their predicted height.

2. The variance captured by the predictor is similar to the estimated GCTA-GREML SNP heritability. Thus, our results resolve the missing heritability problem for common SNPs.

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