I am a newbie in microarray data analysis, and after reading an increasing amount of tutorials and forums I am getting mixed up.
In order to study which genes are differentially expressed, once data have been normalized, many people usually perform the subsequent analyses considering looking at probes as if they were independent instances. In fact, some people filter the data to keep only the most informative probe within a given probeset (e.g. with the highest value for the t-statistic). However, I've been said different probes within the same probeset tend to show widely variable expression values, and that's why it makes sense to aggregate all probes belonging to a probeset, and consider the mean value as the expression of the gene they map to. If this last argument is true, should I forget all tutorials that tackle the problem in a probe-wise basis?
I am mainly analysing 3'UTR microarrays.