ggcyto wrong axis scale?
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@andrejstollde-23490
Last seen 17 months ago

Hello,

I am using flowWorkspace to import some flow cytometry data I gated with FlowJo into R:

flowjo_to_gatingset(ws, name= "All Samples",  execute = TRUE)

Then I tried to use ggcyto to get a histogram of DAPI channel:

ggcyto(gh[2], aes(x = `DAPI-A`), subset = "Lymphocytes") + geom_density(aes(y = ..count..),fill = "Blue", alpha = 0.2)

which gives me this:

As you can see, the values on x-axis are not correct. So next I tried scaling the axis:

ggcyto(gh[2], aes(x = `DAPI-A`), subset = "Lymphocytes") + geom_density(aes(y = ..count..),fill = "Blue", alpha = 0.2)   + scale_x_flowjo_biexp(maxValue = 262144, widthBasis = -1000, pos = 4.2, neg = 0)

FloJo Biexp sclaed axis

At this point I was wondering whether somehow the data got messed up during import. so next I tried using autoplot:

autoplot(gh[2], gate = "Lymphocytes", bins = 128)

Correct values on DAPI axis

Using autoplot the values for DAPI channel are depicted correctly. I have done a lot of reading the vignettes for ggcyto and flowWorkspace and googleing but I just can't figure it out. It seems like the transformation of the values for DAPI channel simply isn't correct. I tried manually at first but it gave me the exact same results as you can see in the above histograms. Then I tried using the "execute = TRUE" option with the flowjotogatingset. But it still doesn't work properly as you can see.

Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?

Thanks a lot!

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@kevin
Last seen 59 minutes ago
Republic of Ireland

I could be incorrect but I think that you need:

ggcyto(gh[2], aes(x = `DAPI-A`), subset = 'Lymphocytes') +
  geom_density(aes(y = ..count..), fill = 'Blue', alpha = 0.2) +
  axis_x_inverse_trans()

Let me know if that works.

Kevin

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Kevin is correct. axis_x_inverse_trans will still display the transformed density, but use the pre-transformation values for the axis tick labels, which I believe is what you want.

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Thanks a lot! That actually did the trick.

I read up on the function at it makes sense. What I still don't understand is when I would use + scale_x_flowjo_biexp()

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You can use scale_x_flowjo_biexp when you want to apply a transformation to the density just for plotting (when the biexponential transformation is not already present), without it being applied to the underlying data. The idea is the same as for ggplot2::scale_x_continuous (which scale_x_flowjo_biexp calls after building the biexponential transform).

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