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Definition of semiquantitative

I'd like to understand differences between how biologists and statisticians deal with uncertainty. As a concrete example, I'd like to understand if "semi-quantitative" can be defined in ...
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Book recommendations: biological data analysis/error

I'm working as an undergrad in a tissue culture lab, and I have the most experience with statistics out of everyone in the lab. However, most of the knowledge I have in statistics is from my math ...
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Calculating CV for intra-assay ELISA

Sorry if this is in the wrong thread. I have to calculate CV for intra-assay ELISA sample OD's. My problem is that i'm finding people are using sample standard deviation in their CV formula, though ...
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Why is it often assumed that biological samples from mice follow the normal distribution?

I am analysing Western blot data. In the experiment, I am looking at the expression level of a certain protein of interest in the brains of wild-type and knockout mice. I have seen online that many ...
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Apply Shannon-Weiner index to evaluate single-cell sample balance?

I would like to identify single-cell clusters where each sample is evenly represented in it. Is it OK to calculate the Shannon-Weiner index from the sample counting data of each cluster? I am worrying ...
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Which proteins are part of the most different protein complexes?

Let n be the number of different protein complexes (as defined here) that a protein may be a stable part of for a considerable amount of time (and not only transiently). Which proteins have the ...
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Beta-diversity for data with zeros

Background I am looking into enterotyping the gut microbiome data, obtained by shotgun sequencing. This essentially means performing the Principal Coordinates Analysis (PCoA) of the beta-diversity ...
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What is the best method to check for differential gene expression in large dataset? I want to identify aging differentially expressed genes

My data is RNAseq data and I want to know which all genes (which I am looking for) are differentially expressed with age. I have tried the Kruskal-Wallis test and fold change methods. Do you have any ...
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Confusion about how to compute probabilities for linked genes

I am confused about how to compute probabilities for linked genes. The problem that I am solving is this: P generation: AAbbddEEff X aaBBDDeeFF. If A and B are 40 centimorgan apart, what is the ...
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Relationship between BMI and age?

I'm trying to study how age as a confounder may affect the relationship between commute mode and BMI (and design a research proposal). To explain age as a potential confounder, I compared age to ...
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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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Deviation from Hardy Weinberg equilibrium (HWE)

I have a set of 10 genes, each gene contains around 15 SNPs. I have tested the deviation from Hardy Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) for all SNPs. All of the SNPs didn't deviate from HWE, except 5 SNPs in ...
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Using coefficient of variation (CV) for GCaMP6 'synchronised episode' spikes, good idea or not?

Using GCaMP6 we have recorded fluorescence activity of kisspeptin neurons that exhibit synchronised pulsatile firing activity. I measured the intervals between each episode, which are quite variable. ...
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Is the coronavirus getting less dangerous?

Please note This question is based on data from the UK government's web site (data from the ONS). I am not taking this data as accurate, but am using this as it is the only source of data I can find, ...
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Analysing bird diversity data across 2 sites and 2 time periods - Ordinal data. Shannon's and Jaccard?

I am looking for the best way to analyse the data below to measure and compare the bird diversity between 3 sites and across 2 time periods - basically are they different from each other and have they ...
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Probability of all alleles represented in a sample

I'm trying to wrap my head around some formulas presented in the 1992 paper from Chakraborty Sample Size Requirements for Addressing the Population Genetic Issues of Forensic Use of DNA Typing, but I ...
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Why do coronavirus cases graphs have a sinusoidal like shape?

Some screenshots from a canadian website: See this sinusoidal shape? Why is it there? Shouldn't it be a single curve? My main guess is when cases are counted: is it possible that they are counted ...
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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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What percentage of individuals infected with COVID-19 don't have symptoms?

There are various statistics estimating mortality of COVID-19 infections, based on how many diagnosed people have died. These numbers are used by various media to extrapolate how many people will die ...
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How to fit simulated with measured data having systematic errors?

Consider a given time series of measured data, i.e. the number of persons tested positive for COVID-19. And consider a simulation - consisting of a model, possibly fed with some parameters estimated a ...
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Exhalation in human breath, through mouth or nose: which is most usual?

Until now I believed that breath exhalation through the mouth is common for most human beings, and this fact is implicit in several technical contexts of which I can think (sports, music, medical ...
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Why isn't life expectancy normally distributed?

Lots of phenomenon in nature can be plotted onto some sort of normal distribution, and that makes intuitive sense to me (such as human height). Why then, does global human life expectancy drop off so ...
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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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ABO allele frequencies: Why use the EM algorithm?

In textbooks and lecture notes and slides posted online, determining allele frequencies using blood type information (ABO), under the assumption of Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, is accomplished using ...
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Genes and proteins with a significantly inbalanced composition

According to Wikipedia, the median size of a protein-coding gene is 26,288 bp which makes it possible (from statistical considerations) that the nucleotides C, G, A, T appear in roughly equal amounts ...
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What does "genetic correlations" mean as opposed to just correlations?

I'm reading the paper "Large-scale GWAS reveals insights into the genetic architecture of same-sex sexual behavior". In Fig. 4 shows "Genetic correlations of same-sex sexual behavior with various ...
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How many metabolites are in the metabolome of (almost) all eucaryotic cells?

Which small biomolecules (up to the size of amino acids) are present in (almost) every eucaryotic cell and thus part of its biochemical network, constantly and inevitably being produced and ...
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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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Confusion about read counts distribution in RNA-seq

While reading old DESeq paper (Anders and Huber 2010) I came across following line. If reads were independently sampled from a population with given, fixed fractions of genes, the read counts ...
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How to determine the number of parameters in a phylogenetic model?

I want to calculate the AIC for a phylogeny that I inferred via maximum likelihood. To calculate the AIC I need to know the number of parameters in the model. But how do I determine this?
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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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Mammal Statistics about Natural Death Versus Being Killed?

Is there data determining what percentage of mammals die a natural death (disease, old age) and what percentage die due to being killed and/or eaten by other mammals? In watching wildlife ...
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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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How correlated are the lengths of tendons in different part of a human body?

How correlated are the lengths of tendons in different part of a human body? E.g., if the we consider two humans, A, and B. Human A has a patellar tendon of length 2 cm, and human B has a patellar ...
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Vegetation Monitoring - Why permanent plots

Why do most vegetation monitoring programs rely on permanent plots? Take the context of a single ecological restoration site, for example. Let's say the variable of interest is cover by plant ...
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Minor Allele Frequency (MAF) higher than 0.5? [closed]

I have a set of data in PLINK format (*.bed, *.bim and *.fam files). There are around 2000 individuals in my dataset. I used PLINK to calculate allele frequencies in the population: ...
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Using Canonical Correspondence Analysis on matrices with missing data

I have a matrix of sites where not all the environmental variables I want to assess were sampled. In other words, there are sites with the whole set of variables sampled, and there are other sites ...
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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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What does conditional analysis of a SNP in a GWA study entail?

I am familiar with the use of tag-SNPs in genome-wide association studies to identify gene loci involved in complex traits, but I keep seeing the term "conditional analysis" used without any ...
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Identifying statistically significant gene rich and gene poor regions

I am just wondering If there any adapted way of Identifying significant gene rich and gene poor regions in each chromosome for a given genome say mm10?
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How statistically significant was the "sweaty T-shirt" experiment?

An Overview of the Experiment. In 1995 there was an experiment that involves young people smelling T-shirts worn by another gender and rating their preference. The researchers found that people ...
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Proof of mechanisms and causal relationships in biology [closed]

Statistical methods in biology are strongly encouraged: they are quantifiable, unbiased, and usually the only ones that are accepted as evidence. However, it doesn't seem like the whole picture. Say,...
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Where are the statistics for vaccine side effects?

My son told me that that during a discussion at school someone mentioned statistics about side effects of vaccines (I assume that the discussion was about standard vaccines in France). The numbers ...
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Is there any relationship between the height of a tree and the number of branches emerging from the main stem?

Is there any relationship between the height of a tree and the number of branches emerging from the main stem? I am particular interested in spruce or fir.
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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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Why cancer mutations do accumulate sequentially?

According to Knudson hypothesis, cancer mutations accumulate in order. Statistics says, that cancer probability increases as sixth order of age, which may mean six consequential steps to cancer. But, ...
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Estimation of species range fragmentation

While discussing species distribution patterns along spatial, temporal or functional gradients one often finds a hump shaped species richness pattern. This is well documented in many taxa and spatial ...
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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 ...