Question: HOMER motif discovery gives inconsistent results on repeated runs
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4.1 years ago by
United States
steve2.5k wrote:

I use HOMER often for de novo and known motif discovery, but I have found that when the number of input sequences are low the results of motif analysis become inconsistent on repeated runs. This is easily demonstrable on ChIP-Seq data sets after a lot of peak filtering, and I am now running into it with HITS-CLIP motif discovery (in RNA mode) for top CIMS sites of ~200 clusters ('peaks'). Is HOMER still reliable in these cases? How do you deal with this? I am looking into using MEME instead but have not yet figured out all the settings needed to replicate the same level of motif annotation that HOMER gives by default.

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 3.7 years ago by ashjay20 • written 4.1 years ago by steve2.5k
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3.7 years ago by
Madison, WI
ashjay20 wrote:

So HOMER de novo motif discovery works by comparing peak sequences (binned by length) to background sequences (of matched length) and calculating enrichment. It randomly generates the background sequences with every run, so you would expect some variability over different runs. I worked around this by running the de novo motif analysis multiple times and then mentioning that a couple of positions showed the most variability in my presentations, and I will probably do the same in the paper I'm writing.

ADD COMMENTlink modified 3.7 years ago • written 3.7 years ago by ashjay20

Thanks for this post. I guess I forgot to update, this is essentially what I figured out as well. I did get MEME-ChIP to work, and it gives the same exact de novo motifs on repeated runs. So it must be doing something differently than HOMER.

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