Question: contigs and scaffolds in abyss
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5.7 years ago by
Damian Kao15k
USA
Damian Kao15k wrote:

What is the difference between contigs and scaffolds in abyss? If contigs are put together (scaffolded?) from unitigs using PE reads, what's the difference between that and scaffolding? 

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 5.7 years ago by Shaun Jackman420 • written 5.7 years ago by Damian Kao15k
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5.7 years ago by
Shaun Jackman420
Vancouver, Canada
Shaun Jackman420 wrote:

Hi, Damian. The two stages are quite similar, but differ in their aims.

The contigging stage navigates the contig overlap graph to find paths between contigs linked by paired-end information, expands repeats and merges complete sequences without gaps. The contigging stage will only insert gaps where it believe there is a lack of sequencing data. It will not insert a gap to span a repeat that it cannot resolve. This algorithm is called SimpleGraph / MergePaths.

The scaffolding stage uses the contig overlap graph only incidentally and primarily uses the paired-end scaffold graph, which is the links between contigs inferred from paired-end reads. It does not expand repeats, and will insert gaps to scaffold over either sequencing gaps or repeats. This algorithm is called abyss-scaffold.

Cheers,
Shaun

ADD COMMENTlink written 5.7 years ago by Shaun Jackman420

I see. So the unitigging stage produces unambiguously merged k-mers. Then the contigging stage tries to resolve ambiguous cases in the k-mer graphs (junctions) via PE reads? 

ADD REPLYlink written 5.7 years ago by Damian Kao15k

Yes, that's correct.

ADD REPLYlink written 5.7 years ago by Shaun Jackman420
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