Question: How To Filter Blast Results
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8.2 years ago by
Jyoti10 wrote:

Hello everyone,

I have short nucleotide sequences. For further analysis of these sequences i have blasted them with balstn program in ncbi with default parameters against ESTs of the desired organism and i got multiple hits. How can i filter them, what parameter should i consider for filtering. can i go for EST with minimum e-value.....

thanks! jyoti

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 6.2 years ago by Biostar ♦♦ 20 • written 8.2 years ago by Jyoti10
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8.2 years ago by
Philipp Bayer6.7k
Philipp Bayer6.7k wrote:

Did you use standard-parameters? I'd at least use -e 0.0005 or something equally low for e-values; filtering by scores is harder as they change based on how short your sequences are, in that case you have to decide based on what you see in your results.

You can also use "-b 3 -v 3" to show only the best 3 database-alignments and summaries for each query, which should reduce your output considerably.

ADD COMMENTlink written 8.2 years ago by Philipp Bayer6.7k

thanks for your suggestions.....i used the default parameter setting in ncbi blast...and i would try with lowering the e-value and applying more stringent values of the parameters.....lets see how it works with that....

ADD REPLYlink written 8.2 years ago by Jyoti10
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8.2 years ago by
Cologne, Germany
Palani Kannan60 wrote:

"The "Search for short, nearly exact matches" nucleotide and protein pages no longer exist. Instead, the nucleotide and protein blast programs automatically check for short queries and adjust the search parameters accordingly. This adjustment occurs when the query, either nucleotide or amino acid, is of length 30 or less. The translating blast programs or searches on the genome blast pages do not have this auto adjust feature."

I got this information from the link

You can adjust both the word size and the expect value on the standard BLAST pages to work with short sequences. NCBI provides a BLAST page with these values preset to give optimal results with short sequences. This page ("Search for short nearly exact matches") is linked under the nucleotide BLAST section of the main BLAST page.

"Search for short and nearly exact matches" Program Word Size DUST-Filter Setting Expect Value Standard blastn 11 On 10 Search for short nearly exact matches 7 Off 1000

This information from

ADD COMMENTlink written 8.2 years ago by Palani Kannan60

thanks for your suggestions and links...yeah i realised ncbi blast program automatically adjust parameters for short query....i can now go with your suggestions and would decrease the e-value and word size....

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