By Andrea S. Foulkes
The large array of molecular point details now on hand offers interesting possibilities to signify the genetic underpinnings of complicated ailments whereas gaining knowledge of novel organic pathways to affliction development. during this introductory graduate point textual content, Dr. Foulkes elucidates middle strategies that undergird the big variety of analytic ideas and software program instruments for the research of knowledge derived from population-based genetic investigations. utilized Statistical Genetics with R bargains a transparent and cogent presentation of a number of primary statistical methods that researchers from a number of disciplines, together with drugs, public future health, epidemiology, facts and laptop technological know-how, will locate important in exploring this rising box. Couched within the language of biostatistics, this article might be simply followed for public overall healthiness and scientific university curricula.
The textual content covers key genetic info recommendations and statistical ideas to supply the reader with a powerful beginning in tools for candidate gene and genome-wide organization experiences. those comprise tools for unobservable haplotypic section, a number of checking out changes, and high-dimensional facts research. Emphasis is on research of information coming up from reviews of unrelated participants and the capability interaction between genetic elements and extra conventional, epidemiological possibility components for ailment. whereas theoretically rigorous, the analytic ideas are offered at a degree that would attract researchers and scholars with constrained wisdom of statistical genetics. The textual content assumes the reader has accomplished a primary direction in biostatistics, makes use of publicly to be had info units for representation, and offers vast examples utilizing the open resource, publicly on hand statistical software program atmosphere R.
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2 Elementary Statistical Principles This chapter includes coverage of several statistical and epidemiological concepts that are broadly relevant to the study of association among multiple variables and specifically important in the analysis of genetic association in population-based investigations. The chapter is divided into three sections. 1 offers a general background, including the notation used throughout this text and some elementary probability concepts. This section also provides a basic overview of several fundamental epidemiological concepts relevant to any population-based investigation, including confounding, effect mediation, effect modification and conditional association.
2004). Identification of potential confounders will rely heavily on the input of the investigative team, inclusive of clinicians, epidemiologists, and geneticists. A variable that lies in the causal pathway between the predictor and outcome of interest is called an effect mediator or causal pathway variable. 2. Here we see that the genotype affects the trait through alteration of the mediator variable. Consider for example a study that aims to determine whether there is an association between a single genetic polymorphism and lung cancer.
6) An estimate of the OR can be calculated in R using the oddsratio() function in the epitools package. Pearson’s χ2 -test and Fisher’s exact test A formal test of association between a categorical exposure (genotype) and categorical disease variable (trait) is conducted using Pearson’s χ2 -test or Fisher’s exact test. In the context of a 2 × 2 table, a test of no association between the rows and columns is equivalent to a test of the single null hypothesis, H0 : OR = 1. Pearson’s χ2 -test involves first determining the expected cell counts of a corresponding contingency table under the assumption of independence between the genotype and trait.
Applied Statistical Genetics with R: For Population-based Association Studies (Use R!) by Andrea S. Foulkes