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Normalization regarding non-random missing values in high-throughput mass spectrometry data.

We propose a two-step normalization procedure for high-throughput mass spectrometry (MS) data, which is a necessary step in biomarker clustering or classification. First, a global normalization step is used to remove sources of systematic variation between MS profiles due to, for instance, varying amounts of sample degradation over time. A probability model is then used to investigate the intensity-dependent missing events and provides possible substitutions for the missing values. We illustrate the performance of the method with a LC-MS data set of synthetic protein mixtures.

Mcintosh M, Paulovich AG, Tang H, Wang P, Whiteaker J, Zhang H


Pac Symp Biocomput, 2006

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