Extreme Limiting Dilution Analysis
Fit single-hit model to a dilution series using complementary log-log binomial regression.
elda(response, dose, tested=rep(1,length(response)), group=rep(1,length(response)), observed=FALSE, confidence=0.95, test.unit.slope=FALSE) limdil(response, dose, tested=rep(1,length(response)), group=rep(1,length(response)), observed=FALSE, confidence=0.95, test.unit.slope=FALSE) eldaOneGroup(response, dose, tested, observed=FALSE, confidence=0.95, tol=1e-8, maxit=100, trace=FALSE)
- numeric of integer counts of positive cases, out of
- numeric vector of expected number of cells in assay
- numeric vector giving number of trials at each dose
- vector or factor giving group to which the response belongs
- logical, is the actual number of cells observed?
- numeric level for confidence interval
- logical, should the adequacy of the single-hit model be tested?
- convergence tolerance
- maximum number of Newton iterations to perform
- logical, whether to output results at each iteration
limdil are alternative names for the same function.
limdil was the older name before the 2009 paper by Hu and Smyth.)
eldaOneGroup is a lower-level function that does the computations when there is just one group, using a globally convergent Newton iteration.
It is called by the other functions.
These functions implement maximum likelihood analysis of limiting dilution data using methods proposed by Hu and Smyth (2009).
The functions gracefully accommodate situations where 0% or 100% of the assays give positive results, which is why we call it "extreme" limiting dilution analysis.
The functions provide the ability to test for differences in stem cell frequencies between groups, and to test goodness of fit in a number of ways.
The methodology has been applied to the analysis of stem cell assays (Shackleton et al, 2006).
The statistical method is explained by Hu and Smyth (2009).
A binomial generalized linear model is fitted for each group with cloglog link and offset
observed=FALSE, a classic Poisson single-hit model is assumed, and the Poisson frequency of the stem cells is the
exp of the intercept.
observed=TRUE, the values of
dose are treated as actual cell numbers rather than expected values.
This doesn't change the generalized linear model fit, but it does change how the frequencies are extracted from the estimated model coefficient (Hu and Smyth, 2009).
The confidence interval is a Wald confidence interval, unless the responses are all negative or all positive, in which case Clopper-Pearson intervals are computed.
group takes several values, then separate confidence intervals are computed for each group.
In this case a likelihood ratio test is conducted for differences in active cell frequencies between the groups.
These functions compute a number of different tests of goodness of fit.
One test is based on the coefficient for
log(dose) in the generalized linear model.
The nominal slope is 1.
A slope greater than one suggests a multi-hit model in which two or more cells are synergistically required to produce a positive response.
A slope less than 1 suggests some sort of cell interference.
Slopes less than 1 can also be due to heterogeneity of the stem cell frequency between assays.
elda conducts likelihood ratio and score tests that the slope is equal to one.
Another test is based on the coefficient for
This idea is motivated by a suggestion of Gart and Weiss (1967), who suggest that heterogeneity effects are more likely to be linear in
These functions conducts score tests that the coefficient for
dose is non-zero.
Negative values for this test suggest heterogeneity.
These functions produce objects of class
plot methods for
limdilproduce an object of class
"limdil". This is a list with the following components:
CI numeric matrix giving estimated stem cell frequency and lower and upper limits of Wald confidence interval for each group test.difference numeric vector giving chisquare likelihood ratio test statistic and p-value for testing the difference between groups test.slope.wald numeric vector giving wald test statistics and p-value for testing the slope of the offset equal to one test.slope.lr numeric vector giving chisquare likelihood ratio test statistics and p-value for testing the slope of the offset equal to one test.slope.score.logdose numeric vector giving score test statistics and p-value for testing multi-hit alternatives test.slope.score.dose numeric vector giving score test statistics and p-value for testing heterogeneity response numeric of integer counts of positive cases, out of
tested numeric vector giving number of trials at each dose dose numeric vector of expected number of cells in assay group vector or factor giving group to which the response belongs num.group number of groups
Hu, Y, and Smyth, GK (2009).
ELDA: Extreme limiting dilution analysis for comparing depleted and enriched populations in stem cell and other assays.
Journal of Immunological Methods 347, 70-78.
# When there is one group Dose <- c(50,100,200,400,800) Responses <- c(2,6,9,15,21) Tested <- c(24,24,24,24,24) out <- elda(Responses,Dose,Tested,test.unit.slope=TRUE) out plot(out) # When there are four groups Dose <- c(30000,20000,4000,500,30000,20000,4000,500,30000,20000,4000,500,30000,20000,4000,500) Responses <- c(2,3,2,1,6,5,6,1,2,3,4,2,6,6,6,1) Tested <- c(6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6) Group <- c(1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2,3,3,3,3,4,4,4,4) elda(Responses,Dose,Tested,Group,test.unit.slope=TRUE)