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Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology

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Asymptotic Distribution of the "Orthogonal" Quantitative Transmission Disequilibrium Test in a Structured Population: Exact Formula

Simon Boitard / Brigitte Mangin / Jean-Marc Azaïs
Published Online: 2010-01-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1544-6115.1521

Population structure is a recurrent problem for the detection of associations between a marker and a trait, because it can lead to an excess of false positives of the association tests. One popular way of circumventing this problem is the use of family based tests, which consider the transmission of the genotype from the parents to the offspring. Here we focus on quantitative traits and study the Abecasis “orthogonal" quantitative transmission disequilibrium test, which is commonly used in family based association studies. We derive the probability distribution of this test under a general model of structured population. Our derivations show that this test leads to a small excess of false positives due to population structure. They also illustrate and quantify how the heterogeneity in genotypes and phenotypes between populations affect the power of the test. We finally show that the excess of false positives observed for the Abecasis “orthogonal" test may also be found for the Allison “linear" test, though at a lower extent.

Keywords: quantitative transmission disequilibrium test; structured population; power; type I error

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Published Online: 2010-01-26

Citation Information: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology, Volume 9, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1544-6115, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1544-6115.1521.

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