Question: Selecting SNPs to impute in Plink
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5.9 years ago by
United States
hessjl70 wrote:

Hi all,

I want to construct a workflow that will allow me to impute small batches of SNPs that were untyped in my GWAS data (in .bed .bim .fam fomat).  

Is it possible to meaningfully subset my reference panel (hapmap release 23) so that I only impute the ~8000 missing SNPs? Would it be erroneous to start by subsetting the reference by tag SNPs to those 8000 SNPs, then merging the reference and GWAS data, then imputing genotypes?

Thanks for the help in advance! 


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ADD COMMENTlink modified 5.9 years ago by chrchang5237.3k • written 5.9 years ago by hessjl70
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5.9 years ago by
United States
chrchang5237.3k wrote:

Is there a reason you still want to use Plink here?  Its imputation algorithm was already considered obsolete 5 years ago: see .

I suggest choosing a more effective imputation tool and applying it to your data.  BEAGLE, IMPUTE2, and MaCH continue to be reasonable choices, and it should be straightforward to convert your data to their formats.  (1000 Genomes phase 3 reference panels are also now available for all three programs; they should yield more accurate results than HapMap release 23.)

ADD COMMENTlink written 5.9 years ago by chrchang5237.3k

Thanks for this insight! As subtext, are you indicating that whole GWAS imputation is the way to go; or can I still pre-filter my reference set to expedite the imputation turnaround? 

ADD REPLYlink written 5.9 years ago by hessjl70

Impute2 should support this sort of variant filtering: see .

ADD REPLYlink written 5.9 years ago by chrchang5237.3k
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