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Microarray One Channel Regression

Select menu: Stats | Microarrays | Analyse | One Channel Regression

Use this to estimate effects using a separate regression analysis for each probe from the between slide/chip differences. The expression values are obtained either by reading a series of Affymetrix CHP files and the chip information from a CDF file, or by processing a series of CEL files using the calculate Affymetrix expression values menu. Before running this analysis, the expressions can be further normalized using the one channel quantile normalization menu.

The analysis for the menu is performed using the MAREGRESSION procedure which performs a regression to analyse the expression values for each probe. The parallel regression menu is a more general form of this menu.

  1. After you have imported your data, from the menu select 
    Stats | Microarrays | Analyse | One Channel Regression.
  2. Fill in the fields as required then click Run.

You can set additional Options before running and store the results by clicking Store.

Available data

This lists data structures appropriate for the field which currently has focus. You can double-click a name to enter it in the currently selected field or type the name.

Data arrangement

The data can be supplied in either of the following formats:

  • Single variate for expression with slide factor – All the log-ratios are stacked into a single variate, with factors that index the slide and probe/gene
  • Pointer to expression variates for each slide – Each slide has its data in a variate, and a pointer which points to this set of variates is provided. The Slides factor is not required, but if supplied it should just have one entry for each slide in the order of the variates in the pointer. The Probes/Genes factor is that for a single slide, and all slides must have a common layout.

The spreadsheet stack and unstack menus can be used to reorganise the data between these two formats.


A variate containing the expressions to be analysed, or a pointer to a set of variates containing the expressions for each slide. The variates must all contain the data in the same order.


The factor that identifies the slides. If the data are within pointer format, then this should have just one entry per slide. If the data are within variate (stacked) format, then this factor indexes the slides in the log-ratio variate.


The factor that identifies the probes or genes. If the data are within pointer format, then this should contain the information for a single slide, and all the slides log-ratios are expected in this common order. If the data are in variate (stacked) format, then this factor indexes the probes in the expression variate.

Slide order validation

A factor the same length as the factors/variates within the Regression model which indexes the slides. This must have the same levels/labels as the Slides factor, and is used to verify that the treatments are in the same order as the data specified in the expressions. Supplying this factor is optional, but highly recommended to validate whether the data and model terms match as expected. If the labels of the slides and check factor match, but are in a different order, the model terms will be sorted into the correct order with a warning.

Regression model

A formula specifying the combinations of factors and variates describes the regression model for the series of slides. For a simple linear regression this will just be the name of the variate that specifies the level of independent variable used on each slide. See the page on model formulae for more details on how to specify regression models.


This provides a quick way of entering operators in the regression model formula. Double-click on the required symbol to copy it to the current input field. You can also type in operators directly. See model formula for a description of each operator.

Action buttons

Run Run the analysis.
Cancel Close the dialog without further changes.
Options Opens a dialog where additional options and settings can be specified for the analysis.
Defaults Reset the options back to their default settings. Clicking the right mouse on this button produces a pop-up menu where you can choose to set the options using the currently stored defaults or the Genstat default settings.
Store Opens a window to specify names of structures to store the results from the analysis. The names to save the structures must be supplied before running the analysis.

Action Icons

Pin Controls whether to keep the dialog open when you click Run. When the pin is down  the dialog will remain open, otherwise when the pin is up  the dialog will close.
Restore Restore names into edit fields and default settings.
Clear Clear all fields and list boxes.
Help Open the Help topic for this dialog.

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Updated on April 29, 2019

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