Question: clusterProfiler - how does showCategory work in dotplot from compareClusterResult class?
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7 months ago by
Jane Merlevede90 wrote:

Dear all,

I am using dotplot() to visualize results from enrichGO(), enrichDO(), enricher() and compareCluster() in clusterProfiler R package. When specifying showCategory, I get the right number of categories except with the results of compareCluser().

In my case, I use compareCluster() on a list of 3 elements:


List of 3
 $ All : chr [1:1450] "89886" "29923" "100132891" "101410536" ...
 $ g1  : chr [1:858] "89886" "29923" "100132891" "101410536" ...
 $ g2: chr [1:592] "5325" "170691" "29953" "283392" ...
CompareGO_BP=compareCluster(ClusterList, fun="enrichGO", pvalueCutoff=0.01, pAdjustMethod="BH",,ont="BP",readable=T)

dotplot(CompareGO_BP, showCategory=10, title="GO - Biological Process")


I ask for 10 categories, but I get 15 categories in All, 8 categories in g1 and 12 categories in g2. None of the categories, neither the sum of the categories are 10...

Is the option showCategory working in the case of comparison? Am I missing something here?

And which categories precisely will it plot? the most significant whatever my 3 cases or the most significant of each case?


R version 3.3.1 (2016-06-21)
Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)
Running under: Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS

 [1] LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NUMERIC=C               LC_TIME=fr_FR.UTF-8        LC_COLLATE=en_US.UTF-8     LC_MONETARY=fr_FR.UTF-8    LC_MESSAGES=en_US.UTF-8   
 [7] LC_PAPER=fr_FR.UTF-8       LC_NAME=C                  LC_ADDRESS=C               LC_TELEPHONE=C             LC_MEASUREMENT=fr_FR.UTF-8 LC_IDENTIFICATION=C       

attached base packages:
[1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base     

other attached packages:
[1] clusterProfiler_3.2.1 DOSE_3.0.1           

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
 [1] igraph_1.0.1         Rcpp_0.12.7          AnnotationDbi_1.36.0 magrittr_1.5         splines_3.3.1        BiocGenerics_0.20.0  IRanges_2.8.0        munsell_0.4.2       
 [9] BiocParallel_1.8.0   colorspace_1.2-6     fastmatch_1.0-4      stringr_1.0.0        plyr_1.8.4           tools_3.3.1          parallel_3.3.1       grid_3.3.1          
[17] Biobase_2.34.0       data.table_1.9.6     gtable_0.1.2         DBI_0.5-1            assertthat_0.1       tibble_1.2           GOSemSim_2.0.0       gridExtra_2.2.1     
[25] tidyr_0.6.0          reshape2_1.4.2       DO.db_2.9            ggplot2_2.1.0        S4Vectors_0.12.0     qvalue_2.6.0         RSQLite_1.0.0        stringi_0.5-5       
[33] fgsea_1.0.0          GO.db_3.4.0          scales_0.4.0         stats4_3.3.1         chron_2.3-47       


Thank you in advance for your help,


ADD COMMENTlink modified 7 months ago • written 7 months ago by Jane Merlevede90
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7 months ago by
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Guangchuang Yu650 wrote:

see my answer in

ADD COMMENTlink written 7 months ago by Guangchuang Yu650

I think it would be better to also post here an answer, or at least an explanation, otherwise is difficult to know the answer if you change your username on github for example.

ADD REPLYlink written 7 months ago by Lluís R210
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7 months ago by
Jane Merlevede90 wrote:

Thank you for the clarification

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