[BioC] LIMMA decideTests result zero from contrast matrix

Steve Lianoglou mailinglist.honeypot at gmail.com
Tue May 8 07:14:28 CEST 2012


On Tue, May 8, 2012 at 12:42 AM, Ekta Jain <Ekta_Jain at jubilantbiosys.com> wrote:
> Hi Steve,
> I have been using the lists for a long time now and was never told off before for emailing to both R (r-help at r-project.org) and Bioconductor(bioconductor at r-project.org) at the same time. I think, it saves time and is the quickest way to get your query across people since not everyone can be on both the lists.

It's also a quick way to annoy people ... I'm not trying to reprimand
you or anything, I'm just pointing out what "the rules of the road"
are on most mailing lists so that you can learn and stick to them.

> I can most certainly try and post to the relevant list but 95% of the time I am then told to post to the other list since the topic is not relevant here.

It seems as if you simply have to flip the sign of your rhelp vs. bioc
classifier and all will be well ;-)

> I am afraid this process at times takes up an extra day before some good soul out there reads my post and offers help. I am sorry but I did not mean to stress anyone.
> I could have googled 'cross-posting' but I meant to ask in this context and not as a general rule. Ideally, I wouldn't rely on Wikipedia for all information :-).

I feel like wikipedia gets a worse wrap than it deserves --  but all
the same, if you search the bioconductor or r-help mailing list for
the relevant keywords, you'll get many results, eg:


> I've tried changing things and no results. I reckon, it's probably down to the data I have. It works fine on another dataset with decent p-values. I am clueless why it wouldn't work.

You're getting warmer, here:

> You asked me for adjusted p-values, why?

Because it seems as if the default way you are calling vennDiagram
results in reporting counts for genes that have *adjusted* pvalues
below a certain threshold. You've said that your analysis results in 0
such genes, so this would explain why your vennDiagram is turning up

If you read the help in ?vennDiagram, the fact that "x is .. Usually
created by `decideTests`". Now, looking back at your code, the
`results` you are passing into your vennDiagram call are coming from a
call to decideTests which will, by default (which you're doing), only
pick the genes that pass a certain threshold for their *adjusted*

To convince yourself of this fact, it wouldn't be a bad idea to
minimally read the help pages of the functions you're calling. I'd
also recommend downloading the source code for limma and poke around
these functions to see what's going on under the hood ... you can, of
course, accomplish this w/o d/ling the code, but I find that browsing
through the source code of packages is a good way to learn, as well.


Steve Lianoglou
Graduate Student: Computational Systems Biology
 | Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
 | Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Contact Info: http://cbio.mskcc.org/~lianos/contact

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