Fishpond contains a method, `swish()`

, for differential transcript and
gene expression analysis of RNA-seq data using inferential replicates.
Also the package contains utilities for working with *Salmon*,
*alevin*, and *alevin-fry* quantification data, including
`loadFry()`

.

The following paradigm is used for running a Swish analysis:

```
y <- tximeta(coldata) # reads in counts and inf reps
y <- scaleInfReps(y) # scales counts
y <- labelKeep(y) # labels features to keep
set.seed(1) # for reproducibility
y <- swish(y, x="condition") # simplest Swish case
```

Swish accounts for inferential uncertainty in expression estimates
by averaging test statistics over a number of *inferential replicate*
datasets, either posterior samples or bootstrap samples. This is
inspired by a method called
SAMseq,
hence we named our method *Swish*, for "SAMseq With Inferential
Samples Helps". Averaging over inferential replicates produces a
different test statistic than what one would obtain using only point
estimates for expression level.

For example, one of the tests possible with `swish()`

is a correlation
test of expression level over a condition variable. We can visualize
the distribution of inferential replicates with `plotInfReps()`

:

The test statistic is formed by averaging over these sets of data:

p-values and q-values are computed through permutation of samples (see vignette for details on permutation schemes).

The *Swish* method is described in the following publication:

Zhu, A., Srivastava, A., Ibrahim, J.G., Patro, R., Love, M.I. "Nonparametric expression analysis using inferential replicate counts"

Nucleic Acids Research(2019) 47(18):e105 PMC6765120

The *SEESAW* method for allelic expression analysis is described in
the following preprint:

Euphy Wu, Noor P. Singh, Kwangbom Choi, Mohsen Zakeri, Matthew Vincent, Gary A. Churchill, Cheryl L. Ackert-Bicknell, Rob Patro, Michael I. Love. "Detecting isoform-level allelic imbalance accounting for inferential uncertainty"

bioRxiv(2022) doi: 10.1101/2022.08.12.503785

This package can be installed via Bioconductor:

```
BiocManager::install("fishpond")
```

This work was funded by NIH NHGRI R01-HG009937.

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