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Question: vennDiagram in Limma package
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25 days ago by
MicheK0 wrote:


I have a question regarding the vennDiagram function in the limma package.

I'm trying to make a Venn Diagram comparing 3 groups relative to a control (4th group). I.e. group 1 vs group 4, group 2 vs group 4, group 3 vs group 4. My code is the following:

fit_contrast_venn <-, contrast.matrix_v2)
efit_venn <- eBayes(fit_contrast_venn)
venn_results <- decideTests(efit_venn, adjust.method = "BH", adj.p.value = 0.05)
vennDiagram(venn_results, "include"="up")
vennDiagram(venn_results, "include"="down")

When I make the venn diagrams for up-regulated genes, am I making a Venn diagram for only the genes that are upregulated for all 3 groups (group 1, 2, and 3)? What happens to genes that are upregulated in group 1 but downregulated in group 2 or 3? WIll these also show up on the venn diagram?

I'm just trying to understand the Venn Diagram that I am producing.

Thank you,

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 25 days ago by James W. MacDonald49k • written 25 days ago by MicheK0
Answer: vennDiagram in Limma package
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25 days ago by
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James W. MacDonald49k wrote:

When you use the include argument, you can interpret 'up' and 'down' to mean 'show me only those genes that are up or down-regulated'. So if you have a gene that is up in group 1 and down in groups 2 and 3, that gene will only appear in the unique section of the group 1 portion of the Venn diagram. if you say 'down', it will be in the intersection between groups 2 and 3, and if you say 'both' it will be in the central intersection between all groups.

ADD COMMENTlink written 25 days ago by James W. MacDonald49k

Thank you.

Similarly, if a gene is upregulated in group 1 but not changed in groups 2 and 3, will it show up in the unique section for group 1? Also, does that mean the same gene can show up in both upregulated venn diagram and downregulated venn diagram?

ADD REPLYlink written 25 days ago by MicheK0

It's a logic thing that you should be able to figure out for yourself. If you have three comparisons, then for each gene you have three choices; up-regulated, down-regulated, not changed. If you choose 'up', then you will ignore everything but the up-regulated comparisons. If you choose 'down', you ignore all but the down-regulated.

So if you have a gene that is up in one comparison and down in the other two, what happens when you choose 'up'? What about 'down'?

ADD REPLYlink written 24 days ago by James W. MacDonald49k
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