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SumVg: Total heritability explained by all variants in genome-wide association studies based on summary statistics with standard error estimates

By Hon-Cheong So, Pak C Sham

Posted 22 Mar 2015
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/016857

Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have become increasingly popular these days and one of the key questions is how much heritability could be explained by all variants in GWAS. We have previously proposed an approach to answer this question, based on recovering the "true" z-statistics from a set of observed z-statistics. Only summary statistics are required. However, methods for standard error (SE) estimation are not available yet, thereby limiting the interpretation of the results. In this study we developed resampling-based approaches to estimate the SE and the methods are implemented in an R package. We found that delete-d-jackknife and parametric bootstrap approaches provide good estimates of the SE. Methods to compute the sum of heritability explained and the corresponding SE are implemented in the R package SumVg, available at https://sites.google.com/site/honcheongso/software/var-totalvg

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