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Manhattan (medicine)

Manhattan (pronunciation: /mænˈhætən/) is a term used in the field of genetics and biostatistics to refer to a type of graph known as a Manhattan plot. This type of plot is used to display data with a large number of variables, such as the results of a genome-wide association study (GWAS). The name "Manhattan" comes from the resemblance of the plot to the skyline of Manhattan, New York City.


The term "Manhattan" in this context is derived from the visual similarity between the graph and the skyline of Manhattan, New York City. The graph's many points of varying heights resemble the city's skyscrapers.

Related Terms

  • Genome-wide association study (GWAS): A study in which many common genetic variants in different individuals are tested to see if any variant is associated with a trait.
  • Genetics: The study of genes, genetic variation, and heredity in living organisms.
  • Biostatistics: The application of statistics to a wide range of topics in biology.
  • Plot (graphics): A graphical representation of data.
  • Variable (mathematics): A symbol that represents a quantity in a mathematical expression, as used in many sciences.

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