Utilities / Define NGS experiment

Description

Merges a set of count files into a single table and makes a phenodata file for it.

Parameters

Details

This tool takes a set of count files for individual samples and merges them into one count table. You can create the sample count files from BAM files using one of the following tools:

In addition to merging count files, this tool also creates a phenodata file which allows you to assign samples to different experimental groups for statistical testing etc. The library size column of the phenodata file gives you an option to enter the initial library size of the samples. If you give the library sizes, the differential expression analysis tools edgeR and DESeq tools will use them for normalization, rather than using column totals.

If your count files contain columns for genomic location information (chr, start, end), you can add this information to the count table.

Since zero counts can cause problems for downstream applications which transform data or calculate ratios, the tool also offers the possibility to impute a fixed value to replace the zeros.

Output

Count table and a corresponding phenodata table.