[BioC] Defining Weights in marrayNorm.

Josef Walker josef.walker at jenner.ac.uk
Mon Aug 4 18:31:14 MEST 2003

Hi all,


My name is Joe Walker and I am a final year PhD student attempting to
use Bioconductor to analyse a large amount of cDNA microarray data from
my thesis experiments.


For the normalisation stage, there is the option to use weights
previously assigned to the genes. 

I wish to normalise my genes based on a quality controlled subset that
changes fro each hybridisation, I think one way to do this is to use the
weights option during normalistion.

The "slot" for the weights (maW) is assigned/loaded during the
marrayInput stage using the read.marrayRaw command (along with name.Gf

What I am unclear of is:

1)       What form do these weights take i.e does 1 = use this gene and
0 = do not use this gene, are they graded, or do they have to be defined

2)       Do you use these weights by simply using maW = TRUE, during the
normalisation stage?


Am I at least on the right track?

If anyone has advice for me it would be great.


Thanks in advance,





Josef Walker BSc (Hons)

PhD Student

Memory Group

The Edward Jenner Institute for Vaccine Research


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E-mail: Josef.walker at jenner.ac.uk


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