weitrix_sd_confects: Find rows with confidently excessive variability in a...

Description Usage Arguments Details Value Examples

View source: R/perturbation.R


Find rows with confident excess standard deviation beyond what is expected based on the weights of a calibrated weitrix. This may be used, for example, to find potential marker genes.


weitrix_sd_confects(weitrix, design = ~1, fdr = 0.05, step = 0.001)



A weitrix object, or an object that can be converted to a weitrix with as_weitrix.


A formula in terms of colData(weitrix or a design matrix, which will be fitted to the weitrix on each row. Can also be a pre-existing Components object, in which case the existing fits (design$row) are used.


False Discovery Rate to control for.


Granularity of effect sizes to test.


This is a conversion of the "dispersion" statistic for each row into units that are more readily interpretable, accompanied by confidence bounds with a multiple testing correction.

We are looking for further perturbation of observed values beyond what is accounted for by a linear model and, further, beyond what is expected based on the observation weights (assumed to be calibrated and so interpreted as 1/variance). We are seeking to estimate the standard deviation of this further perturbation.

The weitrix must have been calibrated for results to make sense.

Top confident effect sizes are found using the topconfects method, based on the model that the observed weighted sum of squared residuals being non-central chi-square distributed.

Note that all calculations are based on weighted residuals, with a rescaling to place results on the original scale. When a row has highly variable weights, this is an approximation that is only sensible if the weights are unrelated to the values themselves.


A topconfects result. The $table data frame contains columns:

Note that dispersion = effect^2/typical_obs_err^2 + 1 for non-zero effect values.


# weitrix_sd_confects should only be used with a calibrated weitrix
calwei <- weitrix_calibrate_all(simwei, ~1, ~1)

weitrix_sd_confects(calwei, ~1)

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