Gelio Alves

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We provide a complete thermodynamic solution of a 1D hopping model in the presence of a random potential by obtaining the density of states. Since the partition function is related to the density of states by a Laplace transform, the density of states determines completely the thermodynamic behavior of the system. We have also shown that the transfer matrix(More)
Given the expanding availability of scientific data and tools to analyze them, combining different assessments of the same piece of information has become increasingly important for social, biological, and even physical sciences. This task demands, to begin with, a method-independent standard, such as the P-value, that can be used to assess the reliability(More)
Confident peptide identification is one of the most important components in mass-spectrometry-based proteomics. We propose a method to properly combine the results from different database search methods to enhance the accuracy of peptide identifications. The database search methods included in our analysis are SEQUEST (v27 rev12), ProbID (v1.0), InsPecT(More)
BACKGROUND The key to mass-spectrometry-based proteomics is peptide identification, which relies on software analysis of tandem mass spectra. Although each search engine has its strength, combining the strengths of various search engines is not yet realizable largely due to the lack of a unified statistical framework that is applicable to any method. (More)
MOTIVATION The key to MS -based proteomics is peptide sequencing. The major challenge in peptide sequencing, whether library search or de novo, is to better infer statistical significance and better attain noise reduction. Since the noise in a spectrum depends on experimental conditions, the instrument used and many other factors, it cannot be predicted(More)
Statistically meaningful comparison/combination of peptide identification results from various search methods is impeded by the lack of a universal statistical standard. Providing an E-value calibration protocol, we demonstrated earlier the feasibility of translating either the score or heuristic E-value reported by any method into the textbook-defined(More)
BACKGROUND The key to mass-spectrometry-based proteomics is peptide identification. A major challenge in peptide identification is to obtain realistic E-values when assigning statistical significance to candidate peptides. RESULTS Using a simple scoring scheme, we propose a database search method with theoretically characterized statistics. Taking into(More)
BACKGROUND Existing scientific literature is a rich source of biological information such as disease markers. Integration of this information with data analysis may help researchers to identify possible controversies and to form useful hypotheses for further validations. In the context of proteomics studies, individualized proteomics era may be approached(More)
MOTIVATION Assigning statistical significance accurately has become increasingly important as metadata of many types, often assembled in hierarchies, are constructed and combined for further biological analyses. Statistical inaccuracy of metadata at any level may propagate to downstream analyses, undermining the validity of scientific conclusions thus(More)
Correct and rapid identification of microorganisms is the key to the success of many important applications in health and safety, including, but not limited to, infection treatment, food safety, and biodefense. With the advance of mass spectrometry (MS) technology, the speed of identification can be greatly improved. However, the increasing number of(More)