Question: high multiple correction p-value
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19 months ago by
hansong79820 wrote:


I had gene testing for finding significant signals and i got 13,500 genes which have less than p value<0.05. (out of 25,000) However when i adjusted the p value using FDR, all adjusted p value are near 1.

Then, should i interpret 'there is no significant gene' and cannot use this data?

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 19 months ago by Jean-Karim Heriche24k • written 19 months ago by hansong79820

RNA-seq? Which tool for analysis?

ADD REPLYlink written 19 months ago by ATpoint46k
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19 months ago by
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Jean-Karim Heriche24k wrote:

It is common for experiments to be inconclusive but this being said, there are still a few things to check before giving up on the data. First have a look at the histogram of the original p-values and read this blog on interpreting p-value histograms. If you're in a pathological case, you may want to seek help in figuring out if there's anything that can be done to still use the data. Assuming you're not in a pathological case, then you can apply the FDR correction. If all the corrected p-values are close to 1, it means that for any threshold on the false positive rate you can't reject the null hypothesis. However, statistical significance is not related to biological relevance. You don't say what you're testing but you should also have a look at the magnitude of the effect you're measuring for example by ranking the genes by strength of the effect or plotting a histogram of it. If all you need are a few genes for follow up experiments, that may give you indications on what to do next. Another common thing to do is to filter the data based on some criterion independent of what's tested (e.g. removing genes associated with technical artefacts or genes not expressed in the system under consideration).

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