Journal article

A guide to creating design matrices for gene expression experiments

Charity Law, Kathleen Zeglinski, Xueyi Dong, Monther Alhamdoosh, Gordon Smyth, Matthew Ritchie

Published : 2020


Differential expression analysis of genomic data types, such as RNA-sequencing experiments, use linear models to determine the size and direction of the changes in gene expression. For RNA-sequencing, there are several established software packages for this purpose accompanied with analysis pipelines that are well described. However, there are two crucial steps in the analysis process that can be a stumbling block for many -- the set up an appropriate model via design matrices and the set up of comparisons of interest via contrast matrices. These steps are particularly troublesome because an extensive catalogue for design and contrast matrices does not currently exist. One would usually sear..

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