We present a novel method for testing the hypothesis of equality of two correlation matrices using paired high-dimensional datasets. We consider test statistics based on the average of squares, maximum and sum of exceedances of Fisher transform sample correlations and we derive approximate null distributions using asymptotic and non-parametric distributions. Theoretical results on the power of the tests are presented and backed up by a range of simulation experiments. We apply the methodology to a case study of colorectal tumour gene expression data with the aim of discovering biological pathway lists of genes that present significantly different correlation matrices on healthy and tumour samples. We find strong evidence for a large part of the pathway lists correlation matrices to change among the two medical conditions.
|Publication status||Published - 8 Apr 2018|
- statistical test
- correlation matrix
- Gene Expression