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Bioinformatics. 2007 Nov 1;23(21):2881-7. Epub 2007 Sep 19.

Moderated statistical tests for assessing differences in tag abundance.

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  • 1Department of Medical Biology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract

MOTIVATION:

Digital gene expression (DGE) technologies measure gene expression by counting sequence tags. They are sensitive technologies for measuring gene expression on a genomic scale, without the need for prior knowledge of the genome sequence. As the cost of sequencing DNA decreases, the number of DGE datasets is expected to grow dramatically. Various tests of differential expression have been proposed for replicated DGE data using binomial, Poisson, negative binomial or pseudo-likelihood (PL) models for the counts, but none of the these are usable when the number of replicates is very small.

RESULTS:

We develop tests using the negative binomial distribution to model overdispersion relative to the Poisson, and use conditional weighted likelihood to moderate the level of overdispersion across genes. Not only is our strategy applicable even with the smallest number of libraries, but it also proves to be more powerful than previous strategies when more libraries are available. The methodology is equally applicable to other counting technologies, such as proteomic spectral counts.

AVAILABILITY:

An R package can be accessed from http://bioinf.wehi.edu.au/resources/

PMID:
17881408
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