impute.lowess {aCGH}R Documentation

Imputing log2 ratios


Imputing log2 ratios


impute.lowess(aCGH.obj, chrominfo =, maxChrom =
23, smooth = 0.1)


aCGH.obj Object of class aCGH.
chrominfo a chromosomal information associated with the mapping of the data
maxChrom Highest chromosome to impute.
smooth smoothing parameter for the lowess procedure


There are two main reasons to impute data. One is that given that imputation is reasonable, one can increase the analytical power and improve results. Another, more practical, is that at the moment many widely used fuctions in R do not support missing values. While procedures such as kNN imputations is widely used for gene expression data, it is more powerful to take advantage of the genomic structure of the array CGH data and use a smoother. Note that we perform only one pass os smoothing. If there still remain missing values, they are imputed by the median on the chromosome or chromosomal arm where applicable,


Computes and returns the imputed log2 ratio matrix of the aCGH object.

See Also



datadir <- system.file(package = "aCGH")
datadir <- paste(datadir, "/examples", sep="") <-
      read.table(file = file.path(datadir, ""),
                 header = TRUE, sep = "\t", quote="", comment.char="")
log2.ratios <-
      read.table(file = file.path(datadir, "log2.ratios.ex.txt"),
                 header = TRUE, sep = "\t", quote="", comment.char="")
ex.acgh <- create.aCGH(log2.ratios,

## Imputing the log2 ratios 

log2.ratios.imputed(ex.acgh) <- impute.lowess(ex.acgh)

[Package aCGH version 1.1.4 Index]