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Estimate metagenomic coverage and sequence diversity.


Nonpareil uses the redundancy of the reads in a metagenomic dataset to estimate the average coverage and predict the ammount of sequences that will be required to achieve “nearly complete coverage”, defined as ≥95% or ≥99% average coverage.

Since Nonpareil main output has no model information, it is necessary to run its auxiliary R plot functions and save the curves object as a JSON file. Briefly, call function export_curve() on object curves (for an example, see snakemake wrapper):

base::message("Exporting model as JSON")
export_curve <- function(object){
  # Extract variables
  n <- names(attributes(object))[c(1:12,21:29)]
  x <- sapply(n, function(v) attr(object,v))
  names(x) <- n
  # Extract vectors
  n <- names(attributes(object))[13:20]
  y <- lapply(n, function(v) attr(object,v))
  names(y) <- n
  curve_json <- c(x, y)
  # Add model
  if (object$has.model) {
    x_min <- 1e3
    x_max <- signif(tail(attr(object,"x.adj"), n=1)*10, 1)
    x.model <- exp(seq(log(x_min), log(x_max), length.out=1e3))
    y.model <- predict(object, lr=x.model)
    curve_json <- append(curve_json, list(x.model=x.model))
    curve_json <- append(curve_json, list(y.model=y.model))
export_set <- function(object){
  y <- lapply(object$np.curves, "export_curve")
  names(y) <- sapply(object$np.curves, function(n) n$label)
  jsonlite::prettify(toJSON(y, auto_unbox=TRUE))
y <- export_set(curves)
write(y, "output.json")

Module config options

The module plots a line graph for each sample, with a tab panel to switch between only observed data, only models, or both combined (model with a dashed line). It will use the colors specified in the JSON file by nonpareil and, if some is missing use one from a MultiQC colour scheme (default: Paired) that can be defined with:

  plot_colours: Paired

File search patterns

  - fn: "*.json"
    contents: LRstar
    num_lines: 50
    max_filesize: 1048576