Question: Cuffdiff Statistical Calculations Are Inconsistent?
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Jenna Smith10
Jenna Smith10 wrote:
Hi, I'll preface my concern by saying that I'm a novice to Cufflinks. Back in September, I performed a Cuffdiff analysis comparing a wild-type and mutant condition. The analysis returned ~800 transcripts differentially regulated between the two with statistical significance. Recently, I've rerun the Cuffdiff analysis - using exactly the same files stored in Galaxy for all inputs, and with all the same parameters - and only get a few dozen statistically significant hits. However, all of the data besides the p and q values are essentially identical between these two runs, so I am really unclear as to what is causing the difference. Here is just one clear example: YFR026C FPKM 1 = 17.2434 FPKM 2 = 196.735 log2(fold change) = 3.51214 p = 1.64E-8 q = 7.33E-6 significant = yes YFR026C FPKM 1 = 14.4489 FPKM 2 = 144.939 log2(fold change) = 3.32641 p = 0.000170034 q = 0.0719964 significant = no The second Cuffdiff analysis shows there is still a ~10-fold difference between conditions, but this is not statistically significant. Has the version of Cuffdiff on Galaxy been updated such that some parameters have changed, that could explain this difference? Or, is there some setting I am missing that would cause very large changes to fail statistical significance testing? Any help or input would be appreciated, I am really at a loss for why executing what should be exactly the same task is giving vastly different results. I could just be overlooking something very fundamental that is obvious to someone with more experience with this program. Thanks. -Jenna Smith
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ADD COMMENTlink modified 5.0 years ago by Mohammad Heydarian100 • written 5.0 years ago by Jenna Smith10
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Mohammad Heydarian100 wrote:
We are having the exact same issue, on the main server and our (recent) cloud instances. Were some of the hidden Cuffdiff parameters modified since fall 2012? Cheers, Mo Heydarian
ADD COMMENTlink written 5.0 years ago by Mohammad Heydarian100
This is likely due to the upgrade from Cufflinks 1.3.x to Cufflinks 2.0.x; Cufflinks 2.0 introduced a new algorithm for Cuffdiff in particular. You can read about these changes on the website: (and there's a manuscript describing the changes as well). You might consider writer to to the tool authors directly for more details: Of course, please consider sharing anything you learn with members of this list as well. Best, J.
ADD REPLYlink written 5.0 years ago by Jeremy Goecks2.2k
Hi Jeremy, The header of the Cuffdiff tool page says it is version 0.0.5 Is there a way, or setting, on Cuffdiff 2.0 to revert the parameters to be more similar to Cuffdiff 1.3? Cheers, Mo Heydarian PhD candidate The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Department of Biological Chemistry 725 Wolfe Street 402 Biophysics Baltimore, MD 21205
ADD REPLYlink written 5.0 years ago by Mohammad Heydarian100
This version is the Galaxy tool wrapper version, not the tool version. (Yes, this is a usability issue.) You can find the tool version in the dataset's information panel by clicking on the 'i' icon. This isn't a parameter issue. The Cuffdiff algorithm has changed substantially, and it's not clear to me if/how (or whether it's a good idea at all) to modify parameters to obtain 1.3-esque results. Best, J.
ADD REPLYlink written 5.0 years ago by Jeremy Goecks2.2k
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