# distinct: a method for differential analyses via hierarchical permutation tests
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`distinct` is a statistical method to perform differential testing between two or more groups of distributions; differential testing is performed via non-parametric permutation tests on the cumulative distribution functions (cdfs) of each sample.
`distinct` is a general and flexible tool: due to its fully non-parametric nature, which makes no assumptions on how the data was generated, it can be applied to a variety of datasets.
It is particularly suitable to perform differential state analyses on single cell data (i.e., differential analyses within sub-populations of cells), such as single cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) and high-dimensional flow or mass cytometry (HDCyto) data.
The method also allows for nuisance covariates (such as batch effects).
> Simone Tiberi, Helena L Crowell, Pantelis Samartsidis, Lukas M Weber, and Mark D Robinson (2023).
> distinct: a novel approach to differential distribution analyses.
> The Annals of Applied Statistics.
> Available [here](https://www.e-publications.org/ims/submission/AOAS/user/submissionFile/52840?confirm=11abdc0f)
## Bioconductor installation
`distinct` is available on [Bioconductor](https://bioconductor.org/packages/distinct) and can be installed with the command:
if (!requireNamespace("BiocManager", quietly=TRUE))
The vignette illustrating how to use the package can be accessed on
or from R via: