Comment on ``A note on the adaptive control of false discovery rates'' by M.A. Black

John D. Storey, University of Washington


In a recent article, Black (2004) makes comparisons between two approaches to false discovery rates that have recently been proposed in the literature. I show that his conclusions do not necessarily hold in general, and that they are not as straightforward as implied. I also show that the connections that he makes between the two approaches have already been shown in a number of previous publications, including one of the original publications that he discusses (Storey 2002). Black’s (2004) heuristic criticisms and observations are clarified in the context of previously published theoretical and methodological developments.