Question: Why does GWAS Catalog mix OR and beta in the same column?
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7 months ago by
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Juan Manuel Berros90 wrote:

All associations in GWAS Catalog can be downloaded here:

However, the Odds Ratios (ORs) from cases/controls studies and the betas from continuous phenotypes are mixed in a single column called "OR_or_beta". Why would they do that? ORs and betas are naturally different; the OR is multiplicative, and the "no effect" OR is 1, while the beta is additive, and the "no effect" beta is 0. The right values to compare would be betas and log(OR).

In contrast, if you visit a particular association on their web, the OR is clearly not mixed with the beta column. Or if you query their RESTful API for one particular association, you get the betaNum and the orPerCopyNum as different entries. Since I need to work with the full dataset, I find this annoying.

Any clue on why they mix ORs and betas? And how could I tell them appart in the analysis?

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 5 days ago by zhoufeng2ye0 • written 7 months ago by Juan Manuel Berros90
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zhoufeng2ye0 wrote:

I was converting all the Ors to Betas recently from GWAS-catalog too, and found this really annoying. just wondering if you have found any efficient methods to handle the conversion.

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