Genome Biol. 2022 Jul 25;23(1):162. doi: 10.1186/s13059-022-02729-4.
Two-dimensional high-throughput data have become increasingly common in functional genomics studies, which raises new challenges in data analysis. Here, we introduce a new statistic called Zeta, initially developed to identify global splicing regulators from a two-dimensional RNAi screen, a high-throughput screen coupled with high-throughput functional readouts, and ZetaSuite, a software package to facilitate general application of the Zeta statistics. We compare our approach with existing methods using multiple benchmarked datasets and then demonstrate the broad utility of ZetaSuite in processing public data from large-scale cancer dependency screens and single-cell transcriptomics studies to elucidate novel biological insights.