This package is for Genome Wide Association Studies using a logistic mixed model, using fast approximate methods as described in (Milet and Perdry, 2020). One of these methods extends the GMMAT method by Chen et al. (Chen et al., 2016). A similar method was described in (Zhou et al., 2020).

Additionnally, it can draw QQ-plots with a separation of SNPs in strata, as defined by Chen et al. and extended in Milet and Perdry.

This package relies on the package `gaston`

, which we will use in the following. We are going to illustrate below the functions exported by `milorGWAS`

: `association.test.logistic`

, `qqplot.pvalues`

(which replaces and extends the function `gaston::qqplot.pvalues`

), and `SNP.category`

.

`association.test.logistic`

In the following code, after loading the package, we use an example from `gaston`

to simulate a binary phenotype with a random component \(\omega \sim N(0, \tau K)\), in the model \[ \text{logit} P(Y = 1) = X \beta + \omega. \]

The following lines creates a small genotype matrix `x`

containing data from 1000 genomes, for 503 europeans and 733 SNPs on a region including the TTN gene (`?TTN`

for details). The simulation of the phenotype can be done as follows.

```
## A bed.matrix with 503 individuals and 733 markers.
## snps stats are set
## ped stats are set
```

Let’s simulate a random phenotype.

```
set.seed(1)
## some covariates : an intercept, and a uniformly distributed covariate.
X <- cbind(1, runif(nrow(x)))
## A random GRM
ran <- random.pm(nrow(x))
## random effects (with variance tau = 1)
omega <- lmm.simu(1, 0, eigenK=ran$eigen)$omega
## linear term of the model
L <- X %*% c(0.1,-0.2) + omega
## vector of probabilities p = expit(L)
p <- 1/(1+exp( -L ))
## vector of binary phenotypes
y <- rbinom(length(p), 1, p)
```

The package `gaston`

can analyze these data with the Penalized Quasi Likelihood method (`a0`

below), which is too computationnaly heavy to scale to a GWAS, or with a score test, similar to GMMAT (Chen et al., 2016) (`a1`

below), which is fast but does not estimate \(\beta\)’s for each SNP.

```
a.pql <- association.test(x, y, X, K = ran$K, method = "lmm", response = "bin", test = "wald")
a.gmm <- association.test(x, y, X, K = ran$K, method = "lmm", response = "bin", test = "score")
```

Here are the results for the first 6 SNPs of the data set, which give similar \(p\)-values.

```
## chr pos id A1 A2 freqA2 tau beta sd p
## 1 2 179200322 rs7571247 C T 0.9025845 0.02676486 -0.36346036 0.2172089 0.09426397
## 2 2 179200714 rs3813253 G A 0.7664016 0.02507730 0.04752710 0.1525129 0.75532412
## 3 2 179200947 rs6760059 T C 0.8399602 0.02617219 -0.08552013 0.1760519 0.62713257
## 4 2 179201048 rs16866263 T G 0.9433400 0.02588978 0.15828800 0.2729198 0.56192813
## 5 2 179201380 rs77946091 A G 0.9433400 0.02589061 0.15828758 0.2729198 0.56192916
## 6 2 179201557 rs77711640 A G 0.9423459 0.02560713 0.12033790 0.2707140 0.65666641
```

```
## chr pos id A1 A2 freqA2 score p
## 1 2 179200322 rs7571247 C T 0.9025845 2.83461240 0.09225306
## 2 2 179200714 rs3813253 G A 0.7664016 0.09741459 0.75495457
## 3 2 179200947 rs6760059 T C 0.8399602 0.23637475 0.62683681
## 4 2 179201048 rs16866263 T G 0.9433400 0.33748981 0.56128175
## 5 2 179201380 rs77946091 A G 0.9433400 0.33748981 0.56128175
## 6 2 179201557 rs77711640 A G 0.9423459 0.19810102 0.65625803
```

MilorGWAS proposes two more methods, named `offset`

and `amle`

(Milet and Perdry, 2020, for details). Again we show the results for the six first SNPs.

```
a.ofst <- association.test.logistic(x, y, X, K = ran$K, algorithm = "offset")
a.amle <- association.test.logistic(x, y, X, K = ran$K, algorithm = "amle")
head(a.ofst)
```

```
## chr pos id A1 A2 freqA2 beta sd p
## 1 2 179200322 rs7571247 C T 0.9025845 -0.36176887 0.2164701 0.09467853
## 2 2 179200714 rs3813253 G A 0.7664016 0.04734463 0.1520347 0.75549147
## 3 2 179200947 rs6760059 T C 0.8399602 -0.08510584 0.1754785 0.62768126
## 4 2 179201048 rs16866263 T G 0.9433400 0.15752648 0.2720386 0.56254914
## 5 2 179201380 rs77946091 A G 0.9433400 0.15752648 0.2720386 0.56254914
## 6 2 179201557 rs77711640 A G 0.9423459 0.11977405 0.2698536 0.65715228
```

```
## chr pos id A1 A2 freqA2 beta sd p
## 1 2 179200322 rs7571247 C T 0.9025845 -0.35834443 0.2128403 0.09225306
## 2 2 179200714 rs3813253 G A 0.7664016 0.04755516 0.1523651 0.75495457
## 3 2 179200947 rs6760059 T C 0.8399602 -0.08537859 0.1756097 0.62683681
## 4 2 179201048 rs16866263 T G 0.9433400 0.15812891 0.2721955 0.56128175
## 5 2 179201380 rs77946091 A G 0.9433400 0.15812891 0.2721955 0.56128175
## 6 2 179201557 rs77711640 A G 0.9423459 0.12029441 0.2702726 0.65625803
```

The \(p\)-value from the `amle`

method is always the same as the \(p\)-value from the score test (GMMAT).

We can compare the \(\beta\)’s obtained by the `amle`

or `offset`

algorithm with the values obtained with the PQL:

```
par(mfrow=c(1,2), cex = 0.9)
plot(a.amle$beta, a.pql$beta, xlab = "AMLE", ylab = "PQL"); abline(0,1,col=4)
plot(a.ofst$beta, a.pql$beta, xlab = "Offset", ylab = "PQL"); abline(0,1,col=4)
```

A similar comparison for the \(p\)-values (remember that `amle`

gives the same \(p\)-values than the score test).

Here we will use a simulated structured population with a large number of SNPs to illustrate the stratified qq-plots. These data simulated as described in (Chen et al., 2016) or in (Milet and Perdry, 2020) with the program `ms`

(Hudson, 2002). We created a data package for these data. It includes 600k SNPs at linkage equilibrium for 1000 individuals simulated on a 20x20 grid. It includes some first-order related individuals. A binary phenotype was simulated with a large population structure effect as described in (Milet and Perdry, 2020).

The package needs to be installed first.

Then the data are easily loaded with

```
filepath <-system.file("extdata", "GridData.bed", package="GridData")
x <- read.bed.matrix(filepath)
x <- set.stats(x)
```

A look at the data size:

```
## A bed.matrix with 1000 individuals and 600000 markers.
## snps stats are set
## ped stats are set
```

At the two population strata, which are included in the `x@ped`

data frame:

```
##
## 0 1
## 768 232
```

At the simulated phenotype:

```
##
## 0 1
## 877 123
```

And finally at the relation between strata and phenotype

```
##
## 0 1
## 0 714 54
## 1 163 69
```

The GRM is computed with Gaston, here on the whole set of SNPs (at linkage equilibrium).

We run a Mixed Linear Model (MLM) and a Mixed Logistic Regression (MLR).

Now we can draw stratified quantile-quantile plots. We need to defined SNP categories, which can be done either with the ‘true’ strata information as described in (Chen et al.,2016), or with the first PCs (Milet and Perdry, 2020).

The function `SNP.category`

can handle any kind of variable: strata information, or a Principal Component as a proxy.

```
# SNPs categories from true strata information
cat.str <- SNP.category(x,x@ped$pop)
# SNPs categories from the first PCs coordinates
cat.PC1 <- SNP.category(x,-eigenK$vectors[,1])
cat.PC2 <- SNP.category(x,-eigenK$vectors[,2])
```

First, the QQ-plots obtained with the mixed linear model, which shows differences between SNP categories:

```
par(mfrow=c(1,3), cex = 0.7)
qqplot.pvalues(MLM, cat.str, col.abline="blue", main="MLM - from strata", pch = 16)
qqplot.pvalues(MLM, cat.PC1, col.abline="blue", main="MLM - from PC1", pch = 16)
qqplot.pvalues(MLM, cat.PC2, col.abline="blue", main="MLM - from PC2", pch = 16)
```

Then, the QQ-plot obtained with mixed logistic regression, in which no such differences exist.

Chen, Z et al. (2016). Testing for association in case-control genome-wide association studies with shared controls.

*Statistical methods in medical research,*25(2), 954–967.Milet, J and Perdry, H. (2020).

*Mixed Logistic Regression in Genome-Wide Association Studies.*Preprint on biorxiv.Hudson, RR (2002). Generating samples under a Wright–Fisher neutral model of genetic variation.

*Bioinformatics,*18(2), 337–33.Zhou, W et al. (2018). Efficiently controlling for case-control imbalance and sample relatedness in large-scale genetic association studies.

*Nature genetics,*50(9), 1335

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