Why do I have this perfect volcano plot from Limma?
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SmallChess ▴ 10
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Last seen 4 months ago
Australia

I have a question on limma differential testing on proteins.

https://bioinformatics.stackexchange.com/questions/4850/why-do-i-have-this-perfect-volcano-plot-from-limma

I have the script that can reproduce the plot in the link. My question is why Limma would generate the volcano plot as described, as I failed to see anything suspicious in my data set.

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@gordon-smyth
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WEHI, Melbourne, Australia

It means that your data has df.prior = Inf so that all the genes share the same pooled variance. Hence the p-values are a monotonic function of fold change.

 

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Thanks for your response. Is this a problem in statistical inference? Is there anything I should do to minimize the effects?

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Whether or not this is symptomatic of a problem depends on what the data is, which is something you don't give much information about.

If this is real proteomic data from biological replicates, then this phenomenon is not a good sign. It can often arise from a strong batch effect that hasn't been accounted for.

If you want to discuss this, then please post a new question with some relevant background about your experiment. But first explore your data by making some plots (plotMDS, plotMD, plotSA etc).

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chris86 ▴ 400
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I can only assume this is something weird about the data you have acquired as the analysis code looks fine to me at least.

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