Code to select randomly 1 SNP per scaffold
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6.0 years ago
angelaparody ▴ 100


I would like/need to pick 1 SNP per scaffold randomly from a .vcf file and generate a new .vcf file with those SNPs. The input file I have has SNPs from scaffolds of different length and with different number of SNPs (i.e. there are scaffolds with 5 SNPs and scaffolds with 200 SNPs). What I need is similar to --thin-count (PLINK) which removes variants at random until only n remains, but I want to include the fact that I want just 1 SNP per scaffold (well, in this case, remove all SNPs of each scaffold leaving just one).

Second step would be doing this re-sampling several times. Specifically I am looking for a code that produces X number of .vcf files, and each .vcf file has a randomly selection of SNPs, 1 per scaffold.

Would this be possible? (Nothing is impossible, right!? ;) ) or suggestions?

Thanks in advance,

Kind regards,


PS: Let me know if you need more specifications.

SNP vcf filtering selection random • 3.3k views
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6.0 years ago
JC 13k

Perl is your friend:

use strict;
use warnings;
my %snps_per_seq = ();
while (<>) {
    if (/^#/) { # print headers as the original
    else {
        my ($seq_id) = split (/\t/, $_);
        push @{ $snps_per_seq{ $seq_id } }, $_; # store a hash per sequence, with possitions as array
foreach my $seq_id (sort keys %snps_per_seq) {
    my @snps = @{ $snps_per_seq{ $seq_id } };
    print $snps[ int rand @snps ]; # grab one random position from the array


perl < input.vcf > output.vcf

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