# Thread: Display range from discrete data

1. ## Display range from discrete data

Quick statistical/mathematical question. I have generated data on lethal dosages in several of my experiments. I would like to create a chart showing these lethal doses. The issue is that there is "space" between the lethal dose value and the next lowest dosage tested.

Ex: LD = 2.0uM, next lowest amount tested was 1.5uM.

From the above, how can I display the range that the lethal dose falls in? For the above example, I know that the lethal dose falls somewhere >1.5 but <=2.0.

2. ## Re: Display range from discrete data

Its pretty common. Have a look at this paper that deals with censored data and dose response curves.

http://www.pnas.org/content/75/9/4087.full.pdf

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4. ## Re: Display range from discrete data

Or simply run a logit model = logistic regression where 1 indicates “dead” and 0 “alive”.

Also google at “LD50”. Maybe you want to pick out p=50 and solve what poison level that corresponds to. Quite often log-dose (instead of dose) is used as explanatory variable.

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When someone writes “Quick question” does that mean that it was quickly written, thus carelessly written? Or does it mean that the writer demand a quick answer? I think that both are inappropriate.

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6. ## Re: Display range from discrete data

This is a pretty simple method.

And I think the question was more about display than analysis.

7. ## Re: Display range from discrete data

Originally Posted by GretaGarbo
When someone writes “Quick question” does that mean that it was quickly written, thus carelessly written? Or does it mean that the writer demand a quick answer? I think that both are inappropriate.
I usually give people the benefit of the doubt and treat it as a sort of sign of repsect, meaning "you guys probably know more about this than me, so it shouldn't take you long to answer..."

I use it sometimes at work when I am talking to hydrologists. Its a term of phase generally, nothing more, nothing less. People who use text speak in their posts and CAPITAL LETTERS TO EMPHASIS THE FACT THEY ARE DESPERATE FOR HELP, are usually more careless with their posts imho, lol.

8. ## Re: Display range from discrete data

Originally Posted by bugman
This is a pretty simple method.
Yeah OK, logit is a pretty simple method. But in my view it is a good model.

Originally Posted by bugman
And I think the question was more about display than analysis.
And I suggested to simply draw the s-shaped dose-response curve.

P = 1/(1+ exp(-(a+b*x))) , where p is proportion dead and x is dose and a, b are parameters to be estimated.

(And to mark the LD50-point.)

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Originally Posted by bugman
Its a term of phase generally, nothing more, nothing less.
We non-native English readers note that we don't always understand. And the native English writers can learn that that they are sometimes misunderstood. I have thought many times that: “OK, you have written a quick question, and I am going to give you a quick answer. None at all!”

9. ## Re: Display range from discrete data

Thank you both for your responses. I believe what I am dealing with is a limited sample pool (all my data show "complete death" at 2.0uM) and a limited scope of observation (at 1.5uM, cells are alive). I don't have any data as "to what degree they are alive", just that they are not completely killed off. I'm not quite sure if I can do much statistical modeling with this data. Rather, I'd just like to be able to indicate in a chart that the lethal dose was 2.0uM, but the true lethal dose may lie anywhere between 1.5 and 2.0 (but above 1.5uM since cells survived in 1.5uM). Would it be appropriate to list the value as 1.75(+/-0.25)?

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And yes bugman, I used the term "quick question" to indicate that this was likely a simple question for educated statisticians. My field of study is outside statistics, so I'm sure my query is quite novice.

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