Question: How can I convert -log10 (p-value) to p-value?
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3 months ago by
somayeh bakhshalizadeh20 wrote:



–log10 (p-value)= 11.28


Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance.

Best regards,

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 3 months ago by dariober10.0k • written 3 months ago by somayeh bakhshalizadeh20
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3 months ago by
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dariober10.0k wrote:

Hi- The opposite of logarithm is exponentiation. So take the base of the logarithm (10 in your case) and exponentiate it to the result of the log. E.g. in R:

p<- 0.01
logp<- -log10(p) # = 2

# Undo log:
10^-logp # = 0.01

# And:
10^-11.28 # = 5.248075e-12
ADD COMMENTlink written 3 months ago by dariober10.0k

Thank you for your reply,

Here: logp<- -log10(p) # = 2

What does the number 2 mean?

ADD REPLYlink modified 3 months ago • written 3 months ago by somayeh bakhshalizadeh20

In my own words (don't take them too seriously), the log can be interpreted as how many times a value is greater or smaller than the baseline of 1. So for example, a log10 of 2 means 100 times more than the baseline while a log10 of -2 means 100 times smaller than the baseline. In fact, log(1) = 0 which means zero times greater (or smaller), i.e. no change irrespective of the base of the log. The base of the log tells you what the multiplier is. So, in base 10 a unit increase means "10 times more" while in base 2 means "2 times more".

P-values are sometimes logged because they can span several orders of magnitude and the log makes them easier to plot and interpret since the difference between the log of 0.1 and 0.01 looks the same as the difference between, say, 1e-10 and 1e-11. If you had to use the raw p-values the difference 1e-10 and 1e-11 would be invisible on a plot. The minus sign is used for convenience (I think) because it makes values positive and the bigger the value the smaller is the underlying p-value (= more significant).

Another reason for logging is to make calculations feasible on computers since operations on probabilities (like the likelihood) can generate numbers small enough that computers cannot represent them with sufficient precision. If you take the log, numbers increase or decrease slowly enough that you can represent them. I think here the keyword to google is "numeric overflow" or underflow.

ADD REPLYlink modified 3 months ago • written 3 months ago by dariober10.0k

The comment signifies that the result of the calculation is 2. I.e.:

-log10(0.01) = 2

That’s the negative logarithm, in base 10 of 0.01

ADD REPLYlink written 3 months ago by jrj.healey12k

Thank you so much for your reply.

ADD REPLYlink written 3 months ago by somayeh bakhshalizadeh20
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