Question: compute coverage with file.bam and bed : bedtools empty output
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3.9 years ago by
noeD90 wrote:

Hello! :)

I would like to compute the coverage for my file.bam using the information of the file.bed.

My file bed is like this:

chr1    12594   12721   uc010nxq.1_cds_1_0_chr1_12595_f 0   +
chr1    13402   13639   uc010nxq.1_cds_2_0_chr1_13403_f 0   +
chr1    69090   70008   uc001aal.1_cds_0_0_chr1_69091_f 0   +

And I would like to have something like that:

chr1      12594    12721    40
chr1      13402    13639    68

where the IV column is the coverage.

The read in my bam file (I have converted it to sam format in order to check if the chromosome ids in the bam file do not exactly match in the bed file) are like that:


I have read this post Tools To Calculate Average Coverage For A Bam File? and first I have tried to compute it with


but it gave the results for each base.

After that I have tried the following tool and command:

bedtools coverage -a file.bed -b alignment.bam > output

but nothing happened, the output file was empty.

Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you in advance

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 3.9 years ago by Devon Ryan98k • written 3.9 years ago by noeD90

What bedtools version are you using ? The coverage command has changed a lot over the time and there can be big differences between the behaviour described in the manual for the last version and the behaviour of a previous version. You could also read the usage with bedtools coverage -h.

ADD REPLYlink written 3.9 years ago by Carlo Yague5.7k

thank you for your reply.

I am using this version: 2.25

ADD REPLYlink written 3.9 years ago by noeD90
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3.9 years ago by
Devon Ryan98k
Freiburg, Germany
Devon Ryan98k wrote:

bedtools intersect -c will do what you want.

ADD COMMENTlink written 3.9 years ago by Devon Ryan98k

Thank you for your help. I have tried what you suggested:

bedtools intersect -c -abam alignment.bam -b file.bed -bed

These are the first lines of the output:

chr1    10001   10121   H-D00:95:C62BPANXX:1:2315:2019:91137/2  38  +   10001   10121   0,0,0   1   120,    0,  0
chr1    10030   10149   H-D00:95:C62BPANXX:1:2313:14093:20198/2 40  +   10030   10149   0,0,0   1   119,    0,  0

I didn't understand why I tried in my output regions that are not present in my bed file, furthermore I didn't understand the second part of the output... for example in the first line of the output:

+   10001   10121   0,0,0   1   120,    0,  0

Thank you in advance

ADD REPLYlink written 3.9 years ago by noeD90

Try making the BAM file -b.

ADD REPLYlink written 3.9 years ago by Devon Ryan98k

I have tried but the file was again empty :(

ADD REPLYlink written 3.9 years ago by noeD90
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