This function computes the relative expression profiles of any given gene expression set. The relative expression profile is being computed as follows:
f_s = ( e_s - e_min ) / ( e_max - e_min )
where e_min and e_max denote the minimum/maximum mean expression level over the developmental stages s. This linear transformation corresponds to a shift by e_min and a subsequent shrinkage by e_max - e_min. As a result, the relative expression level f_s of developmental stage s with minimum e_s is 0, the relative expression level f_s of the developmental stage s with maximum e_s is 1, and the relative expression levels f_s of all other stages s range between 0 and 1, accordingly.
a numeric matrix representing a gene expression matrix for which the relative expression profile shall be computed.
a vector containing the relative expression profile of the correspnding data matrix.
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