Browser-based Affymetrix Analysis and Annotation
webbioc is a CGI-based interface to Bioconductor methods for preprocessing and analyzing Affymetrix data. It wraps up the functionality of a number of Bioconductor packages into a consistent environment that can be deployed for use by small groups or large departments. Without ever seeing a command prompt, it will take the user from raw data to annotated lists of the most significantly differentially expressed genes. It will optionally make use of a back-end computer cluster for batch processing. This chapter will discuss the appropriate circumstances under which webbioc should be deployed and the pros and cons of using it versus the typical command line environment of R. Installation and configuration will be fully covered. Use of theWeb-based interface will be visually demonstrated. Finally, we will describe how to expand the interface by adding additional analysis modules.
KeywordsBioconductor Package Command Line Interface Multiple Testing Procedure Shell Script Portable Batch System
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