Comprehensive evaluation of differential expression analysis methods for RNA-seq data

Comprehensive evaluation of differential expression analysis methods for RNA-seq data
Franck Rapaport, Raya Khanin, Yupu Liang, Azra Krek, Paul Zumbo, Christopher E. Mason, Nicholas D. Socci, Doron Betel
(Submitted on 22 Jan 2013)

High-throughput sequencing of RNA transcripts (RNA-seq) has become the method of choice for detection of differential expression (DE). Concurrent with the growing popularity of this technology there has been a significant research effort devoted towards understanding the statistical properties of this data and the development of analysis methods. We report on a comprehensive evaluation of the commonly used DE methods using the SEQC benchmark data set. We evaluate a number of key features including: assessment of normalization, accuracy of DE detection, modeling of genes expressed in only one condition, and the impact of sequencing depth and number of replications on identifying DE genes. We find significant differences among the methods with no single method consistently outperforming the others. Furthermore, the performance of array-based approach is comparable to methods customized for RNA-seq data. Perhaps most importantly, our results demonstrate that increasing the number of replicate samples provides significantly more detection power than increased sequencing depth.

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