[BioC] Fwd: How to decide which distance metric to use for micoarray data clustering?
pengyu.ut at gmail.com
Wed Oct 7 17:54:08 CEST 2009
On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 10:04 AM, Sean Davis <seandavi at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 10:49 AM, Peng Yu <pengyu.ut at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Besides the distance metrics, there are other things that may also be
>> important. For example, multiple probesets map to a same gene. I can
>> do clustering on probeset values or on averaged probeset values of
>> genes. What factors should I consider when I make this kind of
> It is generally best not to average probes. You could choose one to be
> representative of each gene, but averaging is not the best way to go.
Is there any justification why it is not good to average probes?
>> bioDist says something about two popular metrics, but the description
>> is distilled. I am wondering whether there are some more detailed
>> comparisons between metrics.
> Often, the metrics produce highly compatible pictures of the data. The
> actual metric you will use may be directed somewhat by the goals of the
> analysis but, at least for hierarchical clustering, I think it is difficult
> to argue for one "best" or "recommended" metric.
> In practice, you may want to try a few to see how they behave on your data.
If the results by different metrics are different, how to do decide
which one I should use?
>> On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 12:35 AM, Tim Triche <tim.triche at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > look at the bioDist package for some suggestions.
>> > the metric to use depends on your task.
>> > On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 8:52 PM, Peng Yu <pengyu.ut at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >> Hi,
>> >> I am looking for the most appropriate distance metrics for the
>> >> clustering of a set of microarray data. And I read Chapter 12 of
>> >> Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Solutions Using R and
>> >> Bioconductor, But I'm still not clear what the general guide line is
>> >> to choose an appropriate distance metrics out of many ones list in
>> >> that chapter. Could somebody let me know how to choose an appropriate
>> >> distance metrics?
>> >> Regards,
>> >> Peng
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