Hi all, After using edgeR to do RNA-seq analysis, I get p valve and FDR. Which one you will use to select your interest target? I search website more people will recommend FDR value as the cutoff standard. But when read papers, a lot of paper use p value( like -log10P) as y axis to make volcano plot. So what is your suggestion? Thanks!
Mostly LogFC and -log10(pvalue) are used to draw volcano plots which are nothing but scatterplots. By these plots you can make illustrations that - how much of your transcripts/genes are significantly upregulated or downregulated. Here, p-values serve the purpose of checking significance.
p-value is a measure of how likely you are to get this data if no real difference existed. So, small p-value means your results are not by chance. But q-values are adjusted p-values by FDR approach, which show you even if your data is statistically significant, what would be False Discovery Rate. So, lower q-value is significant. Usually, if you sort p-value that order is maintained in q-value also.
So, if you want you can plot all transcripts (Log2FC on x-axis and -log10(p-value) on y-axis).
- p-value<0.05 => all significant
- log2FC>abs(1.5) => all differentially expressed
- padj<0.05 and log2FC>abs(1.5) => significant and differentially expressed
his would help reviewer. But use q-value as when you want to build some hypothesis on basis of them.