This function works based on the SIRIR (SIR-based Influence Ranking) model and could be applied on the output of the ExIR model or any other independent association network. For feature (gene/protein/etc.) knockout the SIRIR model is used to remove the feature from the network and assess its impact on the flow of information (signaling) within the network. On the other hand, in case of up-regulation a node similar to the desired node is added to the network with exactly the same connections (edges) as of the original node. Next, the SIRIR model is used to evaluate the difference in the flow of information/signaling after adding (up-regulating) the desired feature/node compared with the original network. In case you are applying this function on the output of ExIR model, you may note that as the gene/protein knockout would impact on the integrity of the under-investigation network as well as the networks of other overlapping biological processes/pathways, it is recommended to select those features that simultaneously have the highest (most significant) ExIR-based rank and lowest knockout rank. In contrast, as the up-regulation would not affect the integrity of the network, you may select the features with highest (most significant) ExIR-based and up-regulation-based ranks. A shiny app has also been developed for Running the ExIR model, visualization of its results as well as computational simulation of knockout and/or up-regulation of its top candidate outputs, which is accessible using the `influential::runShinyApp("ExIR")` command. You can also access the shiny app online at https://influential.erc.monash.edu/.
The output of the ExIR model (optional).
A graph (network) of the igraph class (not required if the exir_output is inputted).
A vector of desired vertices/features to knockout. Default is set to V(graph) meaning to assess the knockout of all vertices/features.
A vector of desired vertices/features to up-regulate. Default is set to V(graph) meaning to assess the up-regulation of all vertices/features.
Non-negative scalar corresponding to the SIRIR model. The rate of infection of an individual that is susceptible and has a single infected neighbor. The infection rate of a susceptible individual with n infected neighbors is n times beta. Formally this is the rate parameter of an exponential distribution.
Positive scalar corresponding to the SIRIR model. The rate of recovery of an infected individual. Formally, this is the rate parameter of an exponential distribution.
Integer scalar corresponding to the SIRIR model. The number of simulation runs to perform SIR model on for the original network as well perturbed networks generated by leave-one-out technique. You may choose a different no.sim based on the available memory on your system.
A single value, interpreted as an integer to be used for random number generation.
Depending on the input data, a list including one to three data frames of knockout/up-regulation rankings.