Question: Entropy From Msa
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8.3 years ago by
User 0063210
User 0063210 wrote:

Dear All

I'd like to write an algorithm to calculate Shannon Entropy in an MSA. How can I consider gaps and colums fully conserved?

Thanks in advance

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ADD REPLYlink written 8.3 years ago by Eric Normandeau10k
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8.3 years ago by
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Alex1.4k wrote:

I'm not sure that understand your question.

By definition:

Shannon_column_entropy = - sum(px*log(px)), where px - a frequency of each nucleotide.

MSA_entropy = sum(Shannon_column_entropies)

With gaps you have two alternatives:

  1. gap is "nucleotide" then entropy = - sum(paloga+pclogc+pglogg+ptlogt+p_*log_)
  2. or skip gaps then entropy = - sum(paloga+pclogc+pglogg+ptlogt)

If Shannon_column_entropy = 0 then a column is fully conserved.

And check this question

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hadasa1.0k wrote:

look at this similar question

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