Question: How to aggregate multiple copy number variation profiles or select the best one for one sample
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3.8 years ago by
European Union
fbrundu270 wrote:


I downloaded copy-number-variation data from the TCGA portal. However, I found that for some samples could be present multiple replicates. Supposing I want a single copy number variation profile for each sample, how can I select the best one or aggregate the replicates?


ADD COMMENTlink modified 3.8 years ago by Chris Miller20k • written 3.8 years ago by fbrundu270
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3.8 years ago by
Chris Miller20k
Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Chris Miller20k wrote:

- Considering samples from the same patient 'replicates' is potentially dangerous.  Spatial heterogeneity in solid tumors may mean that two samples have very different profiles.

- If the primary difference is just multiple platforms from the same tumor subsection, you can probably just use the highest-resolution method and call it a day.

- If you want to get complicated, you can look at this method out of Terry Speed's lab, but my feeling is that it's probably more hassle than it's worth, in general.

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