How can I export featureCounts (Rsubread) results?
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7.0 years ago

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to export the featureCounts output results of Rsubread to a .xls format (excel), but I'm not having success. I have got the counts of the reads from my RNASeq experiment, but I can't export the result. I used the command below, but it did not work. It appears that warning message.

I know the reportReads argument saves my output, but the generated files are so big and I know that exists a different and simpler way to do that. So, really appreciate if someone could help me.

Used function

>featureCounts(file="T_reesei_F24-2_GTGGCC_L008_R1_001.cleanreads.fastq.gz_tophat2/F24h-2_accepted_hits.bam",annot.ext = "TrireRUTC30_1_GeneCatalog_genes_20110526.fix2.gtf",isGTFAnnotationFile = TRUE,GTF.featureType = "CDS",GTF.attrType = "transcript_id")

Output results

1664                                         +;+;+   3186
1665                                           +;+    234
1666                                             +   1362
 [ reached getOption("max.print") -- omitted 8186 rows ]

[1] "T_reesei_F24.2_GTGGCC_L008_R1_001.cleanreads.fastq.gz_tophat2.F24h.2_accepted_hits.bam"

1                   Assigned
2       Unassigned_Ambiguity
3    Unassigned_MultiMapping
4      Unassigned_NoFeatures
5        Unassigned_Unmapped
6  Unassigned_MappingQuality
7 Unassigned_FragementLength
8         Unassigned_Chimera
1                                                                               34914980
2                                                                                   8021
3                                                                                  88386
4                                                                               11354142
5                                                                                      0
6                                                                                      0
7                                                                                      0
8                                                                                      0

Used command to export

> res <- write.table(res$table, file = "F24.xls")

Warning message

Error in res$counts : object of type 'closure' is not subsettable


Thanks Gustavo Borin


R Rsubread featureCounts • 11k views
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thanks, Wei Shi! your option worked for me

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7.0 years ago

For who had similar or the same problem like me, I found two successfully answers in another forum!

First option by James W. MacDonald

You have to capture the output of featureCounts(), by assigning it to an object.

counts <- featureCounts(<arguments go here>)

Then if you look at the help for featureCounts, you will see this:


     A list with the following components:

  counts: a data matrix containing read counts for each feature or
          meta-feature for each library.

And you can write that out to a file.

Second option by Wei Shi

Dear Gustavo Borin,

The 'reportReads' argument enables the detailed read assignment results to be saved into a file. The file includes overlapping features and other data for each read (each row corresponds a read). But I don't think that is what you want.

To save read counts generated from featureCounts, try the following command:

fc <- featureCounts(file="T_reesei_F24-2_GTGGCC_L008_R1_001.cleanreads.fastq.gz_tophat2/F24h-2_accepted_hits.bam",annot.ext="TrireRUTC30_1_GeneCatalog_genes_20110526.fix2.gtf",isGTFAnnotationFile = TRUE,GTF.featureType = "CDS",GTF.attrType = "transcript_id")


The generated 'counts.txt' file is a tab-delimited file which includes gene identifier, gene length and counts for each gene in each library.

Hope this helps.


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thanks, Wei Shi! your option worked for me


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