Question: Formula For Converting Sequence To Physical Coverage
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Dan520 wrote:

If I have reads of length x, inserrt size of y and genome size z, how do I convert from sequence to physical coverage?

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modified 7.2 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 86k • written 7.2 years ago by Dan520
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maybe you miss n the number of reads?

n is implied by the coverage

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Istvan Albert ♦♦ 86k wrote:

The "normal" definition of coverage would be `C = N * L / G`

Now if you want to extrapolate from that you could use the insert size for `L` but then you would need to also divide `N` by 2 as two reads form a pair. This would be more of a fragment coverage rather than actual base coverage.

Yes, that's what I call physical coverage. So I need to write two equations and solve to get the ratio? Is the ratio directly proportional to L1/L2?

instead of read length use fragment length, though it is not clear from your description what you mean by insert size? how do you know that? If it is by alignment then note that it could be wrong, hence extrapolating from that to physical coverage may also be incorrect