How different is rlog transformation from vst transformation in DESeq2
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piyushjo ▴ 560

Hi, I am trying to normalize RNA-Seq using DESeq2. I went on their website and they have three different transformations out of which I tried vst (variance stabilization transformation) and rlog. The thing is that if I have only sample per condition so vst didn't work in those cases but rlog did. Could someone explain me how different they really are? They show the graph on the guide page, and I can see that the lower values in rlog are different than the vst, but the higher count values are not much different. I want to use the normalized data to do WGCNA, where they mention using vst data. I want to know if rlog is similar scale?

Thanks!

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In my understanding, vst takes two things into account while normalization, one is size factor(depth normalization) and another is mean dispersion across the sample. while rld only accounts for size factor.

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I think rnaseqGene has a very nice DESeq2-centric tutorial with a helpful visualization and explanation.

At least for me, this difference wasn't as clear from reading the papers, but the VST normalized counts in that figure look more like thresholded counts.

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