[BioC] Orthogonal regression (edgeR, DESeq, limma or others)?

Gordon K Smyth smyth at wehi.EDU.AU
Sat Mar 22 07:42:18 CET 2014

Dear Pan,

Orthogonal regression doesn't seem very relevant for your problem, for 
one thing because the error variances aren't equal.

There are many ways to correlate expression values.  One could easily use 
the voom log-cpm and weights if one had voom transformed data, but this 
would require a design matrix to be defined.  Another easy way is

   logCPM <- cpm(y,log=TRUE,prior.count=4)

where y is your count matrix or DGEList object.  Then

   design <- matrix(1,ncol(y),1)

would compute the correlation between any set of genes selected by 'i'. 
This could be a pair of genes, or it could be more than 2 genes.

Best wishes

> Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:40:13 +0900
> From: Panos Bolan <panbolan at hotmail.com>
> To: "bioconductor at r-project.org" <bioconductor at r-project.org>
> Subject: [BioC] Orthogonal regression (edgeR, DESeq, limma or others)?
> Dear list,
> I am a postdoc in Bioinformatics, working on gene/gene regulation using 
> RNA-seq data. I would like to find the associations for a set of gene 
> pairs that my collaborator sent me. I have 1000 such pairs whose counts 
> are measured for 400 samples. One way to do it would be by simple 
> correlations (Spearman CPMs) or by using limma (faster than edgeR and 
> DESeq for this task) and model the voom-transformed data as Gene1 ~ 
> Gene2.
> The problem I see with the 'correlations' solution is that it's a very 
> simple model that does not take into account the dispersion of the data, 
> while 'lima' or edger or other would possibly give different answers for 
> Gene1 ~ Gene2 and Gene2 ~ Gene1, so it would be confusing if I wanted to 
> estimate a bootstrap P-value of significance.
> I would like to ask if there is any model that uses orthogonal 
> regression for RNA-seq data (assuming that all measurements come with 
> error and that the error variances are equal).
> Thank you,
> Pan

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