APRIL FOOLS!! Inquiry Regarding Potential Software Limitations or Known Issues

APRIL FOOLS!! Inquiry Regarding Potential Software Limitations or Known Issues Jordan Martinez  2024-04-01 08:21

Dear Skyline Support Team,

I am writing to inquire about the analytical software "Skyline," specifically in the context of its use in forensic mass spectrometry data analysis. As part of the defense team in a legal case where Skyline-generated data is being utilized as significant evidence, it is imperative that we fully understand the capabilities and potential limitations of your software.

Could you please provide detailed information on the following aspects of Skyline?

  1. Known Bugs or Issues: Are there any known bugs or issues within the current version of Skyline that could potentially affect the accuracy or reliability of mass spectrometry data analysis? If so, could you please provide specific details on these issues and under what circumstances they might influence the results?

  2. Data Interpretation: Are there specific scenarios or conditions under which Skyline might produce ambiguous or less reliable results? For instance, are there any known limitations in the algorithms or methodologies that could lead to questionable data interpretations?

  3. Historical Performance: Have there been any reported instances where Skyline's analysis was later found to be inaccurate or called into question? If yes, could you elaborate on those instances and the outcomes?

  4. Validation and Certification: Could you provide information on the validation processes that Skyline has undergone, especially concerning its application in forensic analysis? Are there any certifications or endorsements from recognized bodies that attest to its reliability and accuracy in such contexts?

  5. User-Related Errors: Are there common user errors or misinterpretations when using Skyline that could potentially lead to inaccurate results? If so, what measures or guidelines do you recommend to mitigate such risks?

Our objective is to ensure that the evidence being presented is scrutinized with the utmost diligence, ensuring a fair and just evaluation in the context of the legal proceedings. Understanding any potential for error or misinterpretation within the software is crucial in this endeavor.

We appreciate your assistance and look forward to your detailed response.

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Nick Shulman responded:  2024-04-01 14:13
Title: Inquiry Regarding Potential Software Limitations or Known Issues
Can you give us some more information about the charges involved and the type of evidence you were hoping to refute?
-- Nick
Jordan Martinez responded:  2024-04-01 14:31
Thanks for the quick response, Nick.

The charge is malicious expectoration and the primary evidence is a keratin peptide with a SNP which was quantified using spectral counting.
Nick Shulman responded:  2024-04-01 16:21
It might be easier to answer your question if you could send us your Skyline document or some screenshots.

In Skyline you can use the menu item:
File > Share
to create a .zip file containing your Skyline document and supporting files including extracted chromatograms and spectral libraries.

Files which are less than 50MB can be attached to this support request. You can upload larger files here:

Quantification using spectral counting is certainly an unconventional use of Skyline but we would never want to imply that a particular analysis technique was better than any other.
-- Nick
Jordan Martinez responded:  2024-04-01 16:39
Thank you again for the quick response.

I cannot send you the Skyline document because of confidentiality concerns, but I am attaching a screenshot of a PCA Plot that the District Attorney made showing the absence of batch effects.
Brendan MacLean responded:  2024-04-01 17:07
Doesn't look like Skyline to me. But definitely, the kind of thing Nick thrives on. ;-)