Statistics in Biosciences

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 28–49 | Cite as

Robust Bayesian FDR Control Using Bayes Factors, with Applications to Multi-tissue eQTL Discovery

  • Xiaoquan WenEmail author


Motivated by the genomic application of expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) mapping, we propose a new procedure to perform simultaneous testing of multiple hypotheses using Bayes factors as input test statistics. One of the most significant features of this method is its robustness in controlling the targeted false discovery rate even under misspecifications of parametric alternative models. Moreover, the proposed procedure is highly computationally efficient, which is ideal for treating both complex system and big data in genomic applications. We discuss the theoretical properties of the new procedure and demonstrate its power and computational efficiency in applications of single-tissue and multi-tissue eQTL mapping.


False Discovery Rate Null Model eQTL Mapping False Discovery Rate Control False Discovery Rate Level 
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We thank Debashis Ghosh, Matthew Stephens, and Timothee Flutre for their fruitful discussion and feedbacks. We are grateful for the insightful comments from the two anonymous reviewers. This work is supported by the NIH Grant R01 MH101825 (PI: M.Stephens).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiostatisticsUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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