Question: A question about how the kegga function or KEGG analysis in general determines significance.
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3 months ago by
brett.vanderwerff20 wrote:

Hello,

Lets say I did an rna-seq experiment experiment with control and drug, I am interested in KEGG pathways that sig. respond to drug.

I do KEGG analysis with the kegga function (https://tinyurl.com/y7eszpdo)

by passing a list of genes sig. affected by drug as the de argument, indicating my species with the species argument, then passing a list of all detected genes as the universe argument. From this I get my list of sig. affected pathways no problem.

What I don't get is how significance of pathway expression is determined and I have had a hard time googling the answer or finding a formula

I am most interested in understanding how the number of sig. affected genes affects the significance of pathway expression.

For instance: If I have 100 genes sig. affected by the drug and 50 of the belong to my favorite KEGG pathway. Would the expression of my favorite pathway be more significant than the scenario where I have If I have 1000 genes sig. affected by the drug and 50 of the belong to my favorite pathway.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

limma edger kegg rna-seq kegga • 214 views
ADD COMMENTlink modified 3 months ago • written 3 months ago by brett.vanderwerff20

i think it is mostly to do with hypergeometric test just the way GO term enrichment is.

ADD REPLYlink written 3 months ago by cpad011211k
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brett.vanderwerff20 wrote:

I am still interested in understanding how exactly these statistics are calculated, but I can tell now from just playing around with the function that if 5 genes out of 10 total sig DE genes are in my favorite pathway that will be more sig than if 5 genes out of 100 total sig DE geens are in my favorite pathway.

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