[BioC] Limma: correct calculation of B statistics (log odds)

J.delasHeras at ed.ac.uk J.delasHeras at ed.ac.uk
Wed Apr 19 14:05:59 CEST 2006

I have been using B values to rank genes in order of more likely to 
less likely (differentially expressed) in LimmaGUI.

I am now using Limma, I noticed the default value for the parameter 
"proportion" (on the function eBayes) is set at 0.01 (expected 1% 
differentially expressed genes). I didn't pay much attention to this 
parameter before, because in LimmaGUI you cannot specify it.

However, now that I use "straight" Limma more I was playing with the 
proportion parameter and it affects the B stats a lot. Therefore I come 
to the question of what's the best way to estimate this parameter.

My first guess is to use the P values (FDR, calculated by BH) to decide 
a cut off, usually 0.05. Then see how many genes are differentially 
expressed according to that rule. And use this observed proportion of 
differentially expressed genes as my proportion parameter.

Is this the correct way to do it?


Dr. Jose I. de las Heras                      Email: J.delasHeras at ed.ac.uk
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