[BioC] Help needed for limma analysis with a complex design.

He, Yiwen (NIH/CIT) [C] heyiwen at mail.nih.gov
Fri Oct 19 22:38:05 CEST 2012


I need help with analysis using the limma package. Here is the experiment design:

20 patients, 10 on a regular diet and the other 10 on a special treatment diet. For each patient, 4 samples were obtained: day 1, before and after diet; day 6, before and after diet.

Thus there are a total of 20x4=80 arrays. And the purpose is to find out the effect of the treatment diet.

Here the treatment is nested with the patient (if that's the right way to say it). It can be viewed as a paired analysis but the pair is for both before/after treatment and day1/day6. I am at lost as how to create a design matrix and call limma for such a study design. Can someone please help?

Thank you very much.

Yiwen He

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