Question: Affine gap penalty in Megablast
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4.6 years ago by
Iran, Islamic Republic Of
nazaninhoseinkhan360 wrote:

Dear all,

I have a question. In megablast I don't understand why the existence and extension gap penalties in affine model are in that way. I thought the existence gap score must be always larger than the extension, but this is not true in megablast.

I will appreciate any help



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ADD COMMENTlink modified 4.6 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 80k • written 4.6 years ago by nazaninhoseinkhan360
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4.6 years ago by
Istvan Albert ♦♦ 80k
University Park, USA
Istvan Albert ♦♦ 80k wrote:

The logic behind it is to allow single base insertions/deletions but penalize extending these. Megablast is tuned to find short, almost exact matches.

There are no rules like that one your expect for scores. 

The only generic scoring matrix rule I heard of is that the scores of a scoring matrix should be mostly negative, and the negative values should be larger or comparable to positive ones otherwise a few matches can produce and maintain a runaway alignment.

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