Question: WGCNA Network Analysis
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20 months ago by
skjobs012370 wrote:

I'm trying to use WGCNA for weighted network analysis. I'm getting trouble how to decide this parameter. It's clear how to define and why this has been defined.

#Choosing a soft-threshold to fit a scale-free topology to the network

powers = c(c(1:10), seq(from = 12, to=20, by=2));

What is the meaning of this powers and how to decide this value?

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 20 months ago by Renesh1.9k • written 20 months ago by skjobs012370

I suggest to first get an overview of the method, for example with this lecture from the WGCNA developer, which also covers the power parameter.

ADD REPLYlink written 20 months ago by ATpoint36k
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20 months ago by
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Jean-Karim Heriche23k wrote:

This parameter must be >1 and is simply the power to which the correlations are raised. This increases the contrast between high and low values, in effect a form of soft thresholding. In the paper, the authors suggest setting it so that the resulting network has a scale-free topology. See the pickSoftThreshold() function in the WGCNA R package.

ADD COMMENTlink written 20 months ago by Jean-Karim Heriche23k
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20 months ago by
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Renesh1.9k wrote:

In WGCNA, power parameter is needed to reduce the spurious correlations in the data. To select a power from pickSoftThreshold function, choose reasonably high R^2 (column 2), usually higher than say .85 and negative slope around -1 (column 4) to get an approximately scale-free network. Power is helpful to easily differentiate strong and weak correlations.

ADD COMMENTlink written 20 months ago by Renesh1.9k
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