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Benjamini & Hochberg/Yekutieli Procedure for Controlling False Discovery Rate


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29 Apr 2010 (Updated )

Benjamini & Hochberg/Yekutieli false discovery rate control procedure for a set of statistical tests

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     Executes the Benjamini & Hochberg (1995) procedure for controlling the false discovery rate (FDR) of a family of hypothesis tests. FDR is the expected proportion of rejected hypotheses that are mistakenly rejected (i.e., the null hypothesis is actually true for those tests). FDR is generally a somewhat less conservative/more powerful method for correcting for multiple comparisons than procedures like Bonferroni correction that provide strong control of the family-wise error rate (i.e., the probability that one or more null hypotheses are mistakenly rejected).
     This function implements both versions of the Benjamini & Hochberg procedure: the one that assumes independent or positively dependent tests and the one that makes no assumptions about test dependency. The latter procedure (published by Benjamini & Yekutieli in 2001) is always appropriate but is much more conservative than the former. Both procedures are quite simple and require only the p-values of all tests in the family

Benjamini, Y. & Hochberg, Y. (1995) Controlling the false discovery rate: A practical and powerful approach to multiple testing. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B (Methodological). 57(1), 289-300.

Benjamini, Y. & Yekutieli, D. (2001) The control of the false discovery rate in multiple testing under dependency. The Annals of Statistics. 29(4), 1165-1188.

For a review on false discovery rate control and other contemporary techniques for correcting for multiple comparisons see:

Groppe, D.M., Urbach, T.P., & Kutas, M. (2011) Mass univariate analysis of event-related brain potentials/fields I: A critical tutorial review.
Psychophysiology, 48(12) pp. 1711-1725, DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2011.01273.x http://www.cogsci.ucsd.edu/~dgroppe/PUBLICATIONS/mass_uni_preprint1.pdf

MATLAB release MATLAB 7.10 (R2010a)
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19 Jan 2015 Fernando Cendes  
18 Jul 2014 Pierre M├ęgevand  
22 Nov 2013 Franck Dernoncourt  
01 Oct 2013 Kristin

Works well, thank you.

03 Jun 2013 Greg

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13 Mar 2013 Chandramouli Chandrasekaran  
01 Feb 2013 Hideaki Shimazaki  
02 Jan 2013 Eran Mukamel

Great code, thanks! It would be useful to add the ability for the user to provide a histogram of p-values as input, rather than a list of p-values. This would help in cases where a very large number of hypotheses are being tested.

07 Nov 2012 sundar

sundar (view profile)

Great...Exactly what i was looking for.
Thank you very much

11 Dec 2010 1.2

Now returns FDR-adjusted p-values. Thanks to Yishai Shimoni for inspiring this.

17 Sep 2012 1.4

Comments updated

24 Jun 2013 1.5

Dirk Poot made the computation of adjusted p-values much more efficient. (Dank u Dirk!)

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