Maximal Information-Based Nonparametric Exploration for Variable Analysis

Wrapper for 'minepy' implementation of Maximal Information-based Nonparametric Exploration statistics (MIC and MINE family). Detailed information of the ANSI C implementation of 'minepy' can be found at <>.

R package for Maximal Information-Based Nonparametric Exploration computation


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x <- 0:200 / 200
y <- sin(10 * pi * x) + x
mine(x,y, n.cores=1)

A new function has been added to extract a single statistic from the MINE suite.

x <- 0:200 / 200
y <- sin(10 * pi * x) + x
mine_stat(x, y)

Citing minepy/minerva

Davide Albanese, Michele Filosi, Roberto Visintainer, Samantha Riccadonna, Giuseppe Jurman and Cesare Furlanello. minerva and minepy: a C engine for the MINE suite and its R, Python and MATLAB wrappers. Bioinformatics (2013) 29(3): 407-408 first published online December 14, 2012 doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/bts707.


V. 1.5.0

  • Added support for extracting only one statistic without computing all of them
  • Update documentation
  • Added gmic and tic statistic
  • Added helper function to compute pairwise statistic of features in a matrix
  • Added helper function to compute pairwise statistic between features of two matrices

V. 1.4.7

  • Added new mine estimator

V. 1.4.5

  • Improve NA control in input
  • Added support to GMIC and TIC from upgrade of the original paper
  • Added citation for the package

V. 1.4

Added parameter epsilon to the computation of MCN measure

v. 1.3

Update core function for mine computation High speed improving

v. 1.2

  • added measure MIC-R^2

v. 1.1

  • mine script optimized avoiding indexes preallocation
  • computation of maximum number of clumps fixed
  • now R>=2.14 is required: the Windows version will work only for 32 bit version available for R>=2.14

v. 1.0

  • minerva has been released

Reference manual

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1.5.8 by Michele Filosi, a year ago,,

Browse source code at

Authors: Michele Filosi [aut, cre] , Roberto Visintainer [aut] , Davide Albanese [aut] , Samantha Riccadonna [ctb] , Giuseppe Jurman [ctb] , Cesare Furlanello [ctb]

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

GPL-3 license

Imports parallel, Rcpp, stats, graphics

Suggests testthat

Linking to Rcpp, RcppArmadillo

Imported by autoBagging, foodingraph, linkspotter.

Depended on by testforDEP.

See at CRAN