what does lowess smoothed line show in a MA plot
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Zhilong Jia ★ 2.1k

What exactly does lowess smoothed line show in a MAplot figure?

Since lowess means kind of local regression, it seems that lowess smoothed line shows the bias of regulated genes to up or down in different expression levels. Am I wrong? Or any other explanation? An example figure will be better.

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JC 13k

The line visually indicates how much bias do you have for up or down regulated genes with a fixed threshold (such as M=1 or M=-1), because you expect this line to be horizontal at M=0.

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How to set this kind of threshold? Like a R code: lines(lowess(MAobj$M~MAobj$A))? Ref: https://support.bioconductor.org/p/33197/ Thank you.

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