**310**wrote:

I am looking for some help on a statistical test I could use on my dendrogram of gene expression. I have used the dendrogram/heatmap function in pheatmap to produce this, to see whether my samples cluster in any particular pattern. Obviously you can visually inspect the figure, but I would like something a bit more rigorous.

For example, it might be that the alpha individuals cluster together more than would be expected by chance (although it clearly looks as though this isn't the case). Can anyone recommend a program (perhaps an R package) which could implement a test of this nature? Thanks.

**24k**• written 3.9 years ago by 4galaxy77 •

**310**

Have a look at pvclust in R. It performs a multiscale bootstrap analysis of clusters from hierarchical clustering methods. https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/pvclust/index.html

440Ah that looks perfect, thanks!

310pvclust gives you an idea of how strongly the data support the clustering but this won't tell you if alphas cluster together more than expected by chance.

24kHierarchical clustering is also called unsupervised clustering, hence without prior knowledge. If you want to test if alpha is different from beta, you should use something like limma to find differentially expressed (DE) genes between the groups. If you'll cluster then with the DE genes only you'll probably get better heatmaps.

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