I love that Deseq2 has altHypothesis="lessAbs" !!!!!!! I've used it a ton for RNA-seq. However, now I'm working with mass spect data using limma. Is there a way to make limma do the same thing?

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    $\begingroup$ Hi and welcome to the site! Could you please edit your question and clarify a bit? First, please make the title be a title: a short, concise description of what the question is about. Second, please give us a bit more context. I think limma is an R package, right? And what exactly would this option do? Identify genes that don't change? Between what and what? Are you comparing two sets of mass-spec data? Please add all extra info to your question, don't answer in the comments, just add it to the main question. $\endgroup$
    – terdon
    Commented Mar 14, 2023 at 16:06
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There is no direct support for this by best knowledge. Similar questions have been asked previously in the Bioconductor support forum, for example:


They discuss options around the TOST concept.

For edgeR:


From these posts please go back and forth to find other posts in that forum to capture what the developers of limma/edgeR responded on the matter.

Depending on your exact purpose it might even be enough to go for genes with large AveExpr and a nominal (not adj) p-value close to one.


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