A robust statistical method for detecting differentially expressed genes

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DNA microarray technology allows researchers to monitor the expressions of thousands of genes under different conditions, and to measure the levels of thousands of different DNA molecules at a given point in the life of an organism, tissue or cell. A wide variety of different diseases that are characterised by unregulated gene expression, DNA replication, cell division and cell death, can be detected early using microarrays. One of the major objectives of microarray experiments is to identify differentially expressed genes under various conditions. The detection of differential gene expression under two different conditions is very important in biological studies, and allows us to identify experimental variables that affect different biological processes. Most of the tests available in the literature are based on the assumption of normal distribution. However, the assumption of normality may not be true in real-life data, particularly with respect to microarray data. A test is proposed for the identification of differentially expressed genes in replicated microarray experiments conducted under two different conditions. The proposed test does not assume the distribution of the parent population; thus, the proposed test is strictly nonparametric in nature. We calculate the p-value and the asymptotic power function of the proposed test statistic. The proposed test statistic is compared with some of its competitors under normal, gamma and exponential population setup using the Monte Carlo simulation technique. The application of the proposed test statistic is presented using microarray data. The proposed test is robust and highly efficient when populations are non-normal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-251
Number of pages5
JournalApplied bioinformatics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science Applications


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