Design Matrix Singularity Error
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mike • 0
Last seen 12 months ago
United States


I had a question about computationally singular matrices in DESeq and surrogate variables. After including all the SVs into my formula where I am analyzing paired samples (before/after treatment within a sample), I use the DESeq function and am returned with the error that my matrix is computationally singular. When I reduce the number of surrogate variables to 3, based on the function using the "be" method, I no longer receive this error and am able to run the analysis. I want to know why the reduction of the number of SVs included in my design formula allows the dataset to run?

I am trying to create a design matrix that can be run in DESeq2 and have 8 variables that I am controlling for. The design matrix is as below:

dds <- DESeqDataSetFromMatrix(countData = countdata, colData = phenotype, design = ~ V3 + V4 + V5 + V6 + V7 + V8 + V9  +  V2)

My design matrix is this:

Design Matrix

Column headers are V1, V2.....V9. First column is ID, second column is treatment and the rest are what I am controlling for in respect to treatment. However, when I create the design matrix and run DESeq2, i get that error that my matrix is computationally singular. I have looked at similar questions posted here and checked if my design matrix has variables correlating highly with each other and that is not the case. I wanted to ask, first, that how many variables can I control for in DESEq2? Second, looking at my design matrix, what could be causing this error, Appreciate any help. Code should be placed in three backticks as shown below

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Last seen 5 days ago
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Can you post the correlation matrix of the variables in your design?


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