edgeR (version 3.14.0)

plotSmear: Plots log-Fold Change versus log-Concentration (or, M versus A) for Count Data

Description

Both of these functions plot the log-fold change (i.e. the log of the ratio of expression levels for each gene between two experimential groups) against the log-concentration (i.e. the overall average expression level for each gene across the two groups). To represent counts that were low (e.g. zero in 1 library and non-zero in the other) in one of the two conditions, a 'smear' of points at low A value is presented in plotSmear.

Usage

plotSmear(object, pair=NULL, de.tags=NULL, xlab="Average logCPM", ylab="logFC", pch=19, cex=0.2, smearWidth=0.5, panel.first=grid(), smooth.scatter=FALSE, lowess=FALSE, ...)

Arguments

object
DGEList, DGEExact or DGELRT object containing data to produce an MA-plot.
pair
pair of experimental conditions to plot (if NULL, the first two conditions are used). Ignored if object is a DGELRT object.
de.tags
rownames for genes identified as being differentially expressed; use exactTest or glmLRT to identify DE genes. Note that `tag' and `gene' are synonymous here.
xlab
x-label of plot
ylab
y-label of plot
pch
scalar or vector giving the character(s) to be used in the plot; default value of 19 gives a round point.
cex
character expansion factor, numerical value giving the amount by which plotting text and symbols should be magnified relative to the default; default cex=0.2 to make the plotted points smaller
smearWidth
width of the smear
panel.first
an expression to be evaluated after the plot axes are set up but before any plotting takes place; the default grid() draws a background grid to aid interpretation of the plot
smooth.scatter
logical, whether to produce a 'smooth scatter' plot using the KernSmooth::smoothScatter function or just a regular scatter plot; default is FALSE, i.e. produce a regular scatter plot
lowess
logical, indicating whether or not to add a lowess curve to the MA-plot to give an indication of any trend in the log-fold change with log-concentration
...
further arguments passed on to plot

Value

Details

plotSmear is a more sophisticated and superior way to produce an 'MA plot'. plotSmear resolves the problem of plotting genes that have a total count of zero for one of the groups by adding the 'smear' of points at low A value. The points to be smeared are identified as being equal to the minimum estimated concentration in one of the two groups. The smear is created by using random uniform numbers of width smearWidth to the left of the minimum A. plotSmear also allows easy highlighting of differentially expressed (DE) genes.

See Also

maPlot

Examples

y <- matrix(rnbinom(10000,mu=5,size=2),ncol=4)
d <- DGEList(counts=y, group=rep(1:2,each=2), lib.size=colSums(y))
rownames(d$counts) <- paste("gene",1:nrow(d$counts),sep=".")
d <- estimateCommonDisp(d)
plotSmear(d)

# find differential expression
de <- exactTest(d)

# highlighting the top 500 most DE genes
de.genes <- rownames(topTags(de, n=500)$table)
plotSmear(d, de.tags=de.genes)