gapFilter {genefilter}R Documentation

A filter to select genes based on there being a gap.


The gapFilter looks for genes that might usefully discriminate between two groups (possibly unknown at the time of filtering). To do this we look for a gap in the ordered expression values. The gap must come in the central portion (we exclude jumps in the initial Prop values or the final Prop values). Alternatively, if the IQR for the gene is large that will also pass our test and the gene will be selected.


gapFilter(Gap, IQR, Prop, na.rm=TRUE, neg.rm=TRUE)


Gap The size of the gap required to pass the test.
IQR The size of the IQR required to pass the test.
Prop The proportion (or number) of samples to exclude at either end.
na.rm If TRUE then NA's will be removed before processing.
neg.rm If TRUE then negative values in x will be removed before processing.


As stated above we are interested in


A function that returns either TRUE or FALSE depending on whether the vector supplied has a gap larger than Gap or an IQR (inter quartile range) larger than IQR. For computing the gap we want to exclude a proportion, Prop from either end of the sorted values. The reason for this requirement is that genes which differ in expression levels only for a few samples are not likely to be interesting.


R. Gentleman

See Also

ttest, genefilter


 x <- c(rnorm(10,100,3), rnorm(10, 100, 10))
 y <- x + c(rep(0,10), rep(100,10))
 tmp <- rbind(x,y) 
 Gfilter <- gapFilter(200, 100, 5)
 ffun <- filterfun(Gfilter)
 genefilter(tmp, ffun)

[Package genefilter version 1.8.0 Index]