Questions tagged [biostatistics]

The branch of statistics that deals with data relating to living organisms.

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What statistical test would you recommend to compare two animal behavior sampling methods?

I am doing a lab where I am comparing the scanning method and focal animal method. Each method will give me the following: Scanning method: occurrence frequency for each behavior (%), focal animal ...
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Long-term efficacy and absence of side effects of anti-covid vaccines

The question is about the methodology/biostatistics of clinical trials (I state this beforehand to avoid accusations of being an anti-vaxxer). As multiple anti-COVID vaccines are offered on the market,...
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Is there a survey on whether people have gained or lost weight as a consequence of lockdown?

I am not sure if this is the right forum for asking such a question. Moderators can of course close it if it isn't and please migrate it to relevant site. Is there a survey/study that statistically ...
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Are sizes of potatoes normally distributed?

I'm currently researching the variability of sizes of potatoes when all of the potatoes in question have been harvested from a single field. One question keeps coming up in my statistical analyses: ...
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How can I separate the abundance of the incidence results?

I must calculate the incidence values for Watermelon Mosaic Virus in different seasons within of habitat factor. This incidence data comes from infection detection of some plant sampled in different ...
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Controlling for phylogenetic signal - what is statistically appropriate?

I am currently collaborating with a fellow PhD student. We are both in the same Biology department, but my collaborator is more of a natural historian, so I am handling the statistical side of things. ...
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How many cells per germ layer are there in the adult human body?

Assuming that all cells in the adult human body derive from stem cells of one of four types (endodermal, mesodermal, ectodermal, and neural), I wonder what the approximate numbers of cells in the ...
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Statistics: How are protein species distributed over cell types?

There are roughly 10,000 to 20,000 protein species in the human proteome (while I've seen also numbers of 500,000 to 1,000,000). Furthermore, there are roughly 200 different cell types in the human ...
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Correlation seen with low billirubin levels but not the gene that causes Gilbert's syndrome

I was reading the following study on associations between bilirubin and CAD (coronary artery disease). They looked at the bilirubin association, and the genes that cause Gilbert's syndrome, which ...
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Detect differentially expressing cells

I have data (RNA expression values, obtained with in situ hybridization) collected from 1mio human cells. For each cell, I have the expression value of a negative control (non-human RNA) and single-...
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Help on selecting 2 tests - unsure if they are paired or non-paired statistical test

I have data that measures the temperature of flowers and leaves on different plant species. These are the comparisons I am trying to make: Comparing the flower and leaf of the same plant at the same ...
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Easy Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium [duplicate]

Hi My friend and I get 2 different answers to this question. I would like to know how to calculate the value of q. My friend says that 500/1500=q because there are 500 recessive alleles in the ...
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Frequency of nucleotide sequences of specific length in DNA

How frequently would you find the nucleotide sequence GGATATCCGC (5' to 3' direction) by chance in a DNA molecule? On average, how many times do you expect to find a specific 20 nucleotide sequence in ...
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Statistical Analysis for Blood Sugar Measurements

I've conducted a lab aimed towards finding the impact of soluble fiber intake on the change in blood sugar levels. Following an 8 hour fast, I had test subjects consume a fixed amount of carbohydrates,...
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To what extent does the distribution of nerual transmiters in the brain vary human to human?

Suppose $x$ is a position in the brain, and $n_i(x)$ is the density of neuro recepter $i$ around that point. Any given human will have some distribution of neruo recepters $n_i(x)$ through out there ...
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What is the name of this graph/plot?

What is the name of this graph/plot?
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How many samples to run an association study on B-Cell receptors

We are trying to find biomarkers on the B-Cell receptor VDJ regions. To do this we plan to run Single cell RNA-Seq (using the solution from 10x genomics https://www.10xgenomics.com/solutions/vdj/) to ...
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Book about ordination in ecology

This is a question I posted on Cross Validated few weeks ago but no response has been given so far. I am looking for a book that would cover a lot of different ordinations techniques (indirect ...
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Amount of animals to use for animal trials [closed]

I am working on an independent research project involving animal models. I am unsure how to deterine how many animals (rats) to use for the project. The rats will be injected with different solutions ...
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Chart of intra-species genetic diversity across species / phyla?

I am looking for information on how genetic diversity within a species (not between species) differs between taxa. In other words: Is the "spread" in the genetic pool, if measured, for instance, in ...
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Why does drinking milk lead to increased fractures?

Milk has always been associated with strong bones due to the high amount of protein and calcium in it. Yet reading it up on wikipedia, A study published in The BMJ that followed more than 45,000 ...
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Using proportion or a diversity index when dealing with just two strains

I'm looking at diversity maintenance in an experimental system consisting of just two strains. I have count data. I can calculate their proportions and I can use that data in my statistical models, or ...
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How much Open Access Data is there in genetics? [closed]

Type of data of interest I would like to consider Genetics data (SNP, microsatelites, whole genome sequencing, RFLP, ...) Genetic - phenotype data (disease-related data, QTL, etc...) Sequence ...
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Recommendations for textbooks on statistical and quantitative genetics, and genetic epidemiology

I'm looking for a textbook on statistical genetics, quantitative genetics, association mapping, and genetic epidemiology. My interests include, but are not limited to, complex trait analysis, and the ...
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Recommended reading to quickly get up to speed on infectious diseases

I am in the beginning stages of a capstone project for my master's in Data Science. For various reasons, I have landed on the subject of Clostridium difficile infection. My background is in Computer ...
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How to correlate survival probability to gene expression profile?

I am reading up survival analysis of cancer patients and correlating them to gene expression. I came across this tutorial. Its mostly code. So what I still have not been able to understand is how ...
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Query regarding calculation of survival analysis

According to this tutorial, for table to find the survival estimates, the square root of the 6th column is multiplied with the 4th column, which is Survival probability. The value that should come for ...
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Fisher's Method to melt p-values for CpG sites annotated to the same gene?

I have some data I am working with, and I am curious if I am able to combine p-values from a paired t-test for CpG sites in the genome using Fisher's Method to get one p-value for each unique gene. ...
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Replication cohorts in microbial GWAS

Replication in an independent cohort is of course the gold standard in GWAS studies, and many high profile journals will now (quite rightly) not accept finding indicating a phenotype genotype ...
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Null hypothesis of Chi-square test for independence

My understanding of null and alternate hypotheses : The null hypothesis is a hypothesis whose plausibility is being tested by a test statstic and is denoted by H0. It assumes that observed data ...
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Does one need to perform two Chi-square tests?

A question from my University's Question paper 2016: A newly identified fruitfly mutant, cyclope eye –large and single in the middle of the head is hypothesised to be autosomal dominant. The ...
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Using Chi-squared analysis to confirm expected phenotypic ratios of offspring

In a recent question the original poster was faced with deciding which ratios to use in a Chi-squared analysis. They were supposed to decide on, "logically", what test-ratio to use. Example question: ...
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Goodness of fit: How to decide which ratio to deal with?

While solving problems of Goodness of fit, I'm faced with an issue, how to decide which ratio to consider to find the test statistic from given set of observations. E.g. 1 A supplied sample ...
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Biological replicates

We are currently doing an screening where supernatans from a bacteria genus are tested againts a pathogenic bacteria cell culture in a 96-well plate where OD is measured each 2 hours. Each ...
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Query for gene upregulation in cBioPortal

there! Could anyone help me with some biostatistical problems using cBioPortal. We are looking for cell lines with upregulation of certain genes on cBioPortal. My supervisor is teaching me to use ...
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Tools that take a kinship matrix for phylogenetic decorrelation

I have plant genotypes that have been classified as Invasive, Wild or Domestic. I am trying ...
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What is an appropriate measure of determination in genetic studies?

Main Question What is an appropriate measure of determination in genetic studies? I used to think that $R^2$ was such a measure, but I'm no longer so sure. Specifically, it seems that $R^2$ ...
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Is there a gold standard for syphilis?

When you say the Venereal Disease Research Laboratory test (VDRL) has a specificity of x% and sensitivity of y%, what are you comparing to? What is considered as the truth? Because, Wikipedia says, ...
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Calculate signifficance of SNP in specific trinucleotides [closed]

So, I have calculated the frequency of all SNPs (single nucleotide mutations) in some samples and have also found the nucleotides on the 3' and 5' sides of the mutated nucleotide. So I have a list of ...
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What are the odds of being an albino human and have Down syndrome?

I know the odds of a human to be an albino. In Europe and the US it is 1 in 20,000 people (source) and for Down syndrome it is 1 in 1,250 (source). So that means the chance of giving birth to a child ...
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How to interpret Glimmer scores?

I am trying to find orfs with Glimmer. At the end, Glimmer gives me a .predict file with the orfs and a corresponding raw score. When I look at the documentation, it says about the score, "This is ...
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How do you compare unpaired biological replicates?

I have done proteomics and I have obtained genes with ratios. As an small example you can see my data below ...
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Is it okay to scale the RNA-Seq counts after log-transformation?

On an RNA-Seq dataset, I want to apply a clustering algorithm which requires zero-mean uni-variance gene expression levels. I am wondering whether it makes sense to use "scale" function in R after ...
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Do experiences shape actions of insects? Animals? [closed]

Would an insect behave differently to stimuli depending on what stimuli occurred to them earlier (that only affects them cognitively or their conscience)?
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What is the formula to establish ec50 reproducibility with respect to dose response curves for some drug?

The EC50 is determined by fitting a standard curve to the experimentally obtained control values for each dose response curve using some software that does trial and comparison until satisfactory(...
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How to assess if biological measurements follow a normal or a log-normal distribution

I am using a dataset composed by $m$ samples and $n$ features (genes). Each data point is real number. I want to understand how to preprocess data before analysis, in particular: do data points ...
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H is the set of all possible Diplotypes that are consistent with genotype data

I am new to Biology.SX. I have a statistics background, and have almost zero knowledge in genetics. I am trying to understand some things related to genetics in a certain paper of biostatistics. ...
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Estimated protein size using CDs data [closed]

The number of amino acids in a protein is important to predict their size. I used coding DNA sequence (CDs) to predict the average of the protein size of E.coli k12 from a sample provided by the ...
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What is the most appropriate way to normalize gene expression data?

This question comes because reading a paper about normalization of gene-expression data, is not clear if the method for normalize the data is just for RNA-Seq data or could be applied also for ...
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Different Effects of Detection Probability Between Presence and Count Data at the Same Location

I'm modeling habitat suitability for a large, mobile animal using occurrence data (presence only - I have no true absence data in this case) collected from camera traps (stations with automatic motion/...