calculateAT6: Calculate Analytical Threshold

Description Usage Arguments Details Value References See Also

View source: R/calculateAT6.r

Description

Calculate analytical thresholds estimate using linear regression.

Usage

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calculateAT6(data, ref, amount = NULL, weighted = TRUE, alpha = 0.05,
  ignore.case = TRUE, debug = FALSE)

Arguments

data

data.frame containing at least columns 'Sample.Name', 'Marker', 'Allele', and 'Height'.

ref

data.frame containing at least columns 'Sample.Name', 'Marker', and 'Allele'.

amount

data.frame containing at least columns 'Sample.Name' and 'Amount'. If NULL 'data' must contain a column 'Amount'.

weighted

logical to calculate weighted linear regression (weight=1/se^2).

alpha

numeric [0,1] significance level for the t-statistic.

ignore.case

logical to indicate if sample matching should ignore case.

debug

logical to indicate if debug information should be printed.

Details

Calculate the analytical threshold (AT) according to method 6 as outlined in the reference. In short serial dilutions are analyzed and the average peak height is calculated. Linear regression or Weighted linear regression with amount of DNA as the predictor for the peak height is performed. Method 6: A simplified version of the upper limit approach. AT6 = y-intercept + t-statistic * standard error of the regression. Assumes the y-intercept is not different from the mean blank signal. The mean blank signal should be included in the confidence range ('Lower' to 'AT6' in the resulting data frame). NB! This is an indirect method to estimate AT and should be verified by other methods. From the reference: A way to determine the validity of this approach is based on whether the y-intercept +- (1-a)100 contains the mean blank signal. If the mean blank signal is included in the y-intercept band, the following relationship [i.e. AT6] can be used to determine the AT. However, it should be noted that the ATs derived in this manner need to be calculated for each color and for all preparations (i.e., different injections, sample preparation volumes, post-PCR cleanup, etc.). NB! Quality sensors must be removed prior to analysis.

Value

data.frame with columns 'Amount', 'Height', 'Sd', 'Weight', 'N', 'Alpha', 'Lower', 'Intercept', and 'AT6'.

References

J. Bregu et.al., Analytical thresholds and sensitivity: establishing RFU thresholds for forensic DNA analysis, J. Forensic Sci. 58 (1) (2013) 120-129, ISSN 1556-4029, DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.12008. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1556-4029.12008/abstract

See Also

calculateAT6_gui, calculateAT, calculateAT_gui, lm


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