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ResurfP: a response surface aided parametric test for identifying differentials in GeneChip based oligonucleotide array experiments

DOI: 10.1186/gb-2004-5-11-p14

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A response surface was plotted by formulating an equation that captures the effect varying threshold of probe-pairs and t-statistic on true positives and false positives identified. The resulting response surface indicate that a wide range of probe-pair and t-statistic combinations yield comparative results. The toplology of the surface was used to define one form of additive cost-based approach - involving t and number of probe-pairs used - to determine the optimum threshold to achieve a good balance of true positives and false positives when comparing two datasets at the probe-level. In addition a data scaling approach was used to study the impact of a selected threshold on the number of false negatives of differing magnitude of differentials in a given dataset.The results indicate that this response surface assisted approach (termed ResurfP) would be effective in determining optimal data-specific threshold for number of probe-pairs used and of the t-statistic when analyzing differentials between two datasets using probe-level data.


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