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Multicriteria Gene Screening for Analysis of Differential Expression with DNA Microarrays

  • Alfred O Hero1Email author,
  • Gilles Fleury2,
  • Alan J Mears3, 4 and
  • Anand Swaroop3
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20042004:754506

Received: 10 May 2003

Published: 21 January 2004


This paper introduces a statistical methodology for the identification of differentially expressed genes in DNA microarray experiments based on multiple criteria. These criteria are false discovery rate (FDR), variance-normalized differential expression levels (paired statistics), and minimum acceptable difference (MAD). The methodology also provides a set of simultaneous FDR confidence intervals on the true expression differences. The analysis can be implemented as a two-stage algorithm in which there is an initial screen that controls only FDR, which is then followed by a second screen which controls both FDR and MAD. It can also be implemented by computing and thresholding the set of FDR values for each gene that satisfies the MAD criterion. We illustrate the procedure to identify differentially expressed genes from a wild type versus knockout comparison of microarray data.


bioinformaticsgene filteringgene profiling multiple comparisonsfamilywise error rates

Authors’ Affiliations

Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Statistics, University of Michigan
Service des Mesures, Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité
Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Human Genetics, University of Michigan Medical School
University of Ottawa Eye Institute, Ottawa Health Research Institute


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