Question: Change lower bound 'optim' function in DESeq2::unmix() to 0.001 to prevent error
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8 months ago by
a.v.vliet0 wrote:


I have more of a suggestion rather than a question. I used the unmix() function from the DEseq2 package on my data and kept getting the same error

Error in optim(par = rep(1, ncol(pure)), fn = sumLossVST, gr = NULL,  : 
  non-finite finite-difference value

A search for the error led me to a PDF where a solution is described, see page 7. I retrieved the unmix() code from GitHub and changed line 98 to

method="L-BFGS-B", lower=c(.0001,.0001),upper=c(Inf,Inf))$par

The function now worked for me. Of course now all values that would be zero are 0.001 or slightly higher but otherwise the output I got makes sense. Just wanted to report this because I'm not a statistician and don't know if this could have changed my output in any significant way. If not this might be helpful to people encountering the same problem.

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 8 months ago by Michael Love24k • written 8 months ago by a.v.vliet0
Answer: Change lower bound 'optim' function in DESeq2::unmix() to 0.001 to prevent error
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8 months ago by
Michael Love24k
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Michael Love24k wrote:


Thanks for the post. I’ve noticed that the optimization works stably and without error if the “pure” reference types are not too highly correlated. Anyway this is a good thing to check because it will produce non identifiable solutions.

That’s just another word of advice, but anyone is of course welcome to modify the code as needed. unmix() was added to DESeq2 in 2017 because some bioinformatic groups here at UNC wanted to do deconvolution in combination with our VST implementation. It’s a straightforward use of non-negative regression with comparison on the VST scaled data.

ADD COMMENTlink written 8 months ago by Michael Love24k
Hi Michael, Many thanks for your answer. My pure samples are indeed quite similar (many >0.8 Pearson correlation), so that must've caused the error. I will check their correlation beforehand in the future.
ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by a.v.vliet0
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