Differential gene expression analysis may discover a set of genes too large to easily investigate, so a means of ranking genes by biological interest level is desired. p values are frequently abused for this purpose. As an alternative, we propose a method of ranking by confidence bounds on the log fold change, based on the previously developed TREAT test. These confidence bounds provide guaranteed false discovery rate and false coverage-statement rate control. When applied to a breast cancer dataset, the top-ranked genes by Topconfects emphasize markedly different biological processes compared to the top-ranked genes by p value.
- Confidence interval
- Differential expression analysis
- False coverage-statement rate
- False discovery rate