fitConsensus: Fit row-linear models to all loci

Description Usage Arguments Details Value Author(s) References Examples

View source: R/fitConsensus.R


The main function of this package. Fits a number of row-linear models from a MultiMeasure object, one for each matching row of the data matrices contained within it. Outputs a ConsensusFit object containing per-platform, per locus consensus values for average, sensitivity and precision.





An object of class MultiMeasure.


For each locus, a row-linear model (Mandel 1994) is fit of the form

Z_{ij} = a_{i} + b_{i}(x_{j} - \bar{x}) + d_{ij}

where Z_{ij} is a matrix of measurements at the same genomic locus k, the row index i=1,…,p labels the platform or condition (microarray, library prep method for sequencing assay etc.) used and the column index j=1,…,n labels the biological samples that are interrogated at that locus on each of the p platforms. Hence a_{i} is the intercept (row averages of Z_{ij}), b_{i} the slope of the regression line (sensitivity) and d_i = (n-2)^{-1}Σ_{j}d_{ij}^{2} the residual mean square (precision) about the ith fitted line, noting that higher d_i corresponds to lower precision. Values of a_i, b_i and d_i can be found in the slots of the ConsensusFit object.

For MultiMeasure objects with 10,000 loci or more, a progress message is printed for every 10,000 loci fitted.


A ConsensusFit object with slots containing various parameter values from the row-linear fits. More information can be found in the linked class description. Output from this function can then be passed to various plotting functions for data exploration.


Tim Peters <>


Mandel, J. (1994). Analyzing Interlaboratory Data According to ASTM Standard E691. In Quality and Statistics: Total Quality Management (pp. 59-59-12). 100 Barr Harbor Drive, PO Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959: ASTM International.

Mandel, J. (2012). The statistical analysis of experimental data. Courier Corporation. Chapter 13: “The Systematic Evaluation of Measuring Processes”.

Ku, H.H. (1969). Precision Measurement and Calibration. Volume 1. Statistical Concepts and Procedures (No. NBS-SP-300-VOL-1). Issued February 1969. US Department of Commerce. Chapter 3.7: “The Interlaboratory Evaluation of Testing Methods”. Mandel, J. and Lashof, T.W. p. 170.


tcga_mm <- MultiMeasure(names=c("U133A", "Huex", "Agilent", "RNA-Seq"),
			data=list(U133A, Huex, Agilent, RNASeq))
fit <- fitConsensus(tcga_mm)

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