[BioC] Cutoff for non-specific gene filtering?
menons1 at Cardiff.ac.uk
Thu May 1 14:54:44 CEST 2008
Thank you Robert and Sean.
That makes much more sense!
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>>> Robert Gentleman <rgentlem at fhcrc.org> 30/04/08 10:50 PM >>>
Suraj Menon wrote:
> Hi all
> Am curious to know why the recommended cutoff to remove non-variable genes is an IQR of 0.5.
> What is the significance of this number?
It is the median (not the value of the IQR), so you are taking the top
.5 (by variability). A bug in an early version used the number directly,
but this has long since been found and fixed.
> Also, why use IQR as opposed to any other measure of variability, like SD?
Use what ever you want. IQR tends to be more robust to outliers,
which at least at one time were somewhat prevalent in gene expression
studies (they are less so now as all relevant technologies have improved).
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