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I have published research works in the fields of granular matter physics, network sciencemachine learninguser interfaces and bioinformatics. But above all I like to create useful systems. I  enjoy the process of designing and implementing web based services that stand the test of time. My current project that I dedicate most my time to is an e-book on genomic data analysis:

  • The Biostar Handbook - it is modeled by the content on this site and is a comprehensive guide for beginning bioinformaticians.

I am the  maintainer of this site:

  • Biostar Q&A platform  more of a jack-of-all-trades:  lead developer, interface designer, database manager, sys admin, dev-ops etc. whatever needs to be done.

Currently I work as a  Professor of Bioinformatics at Penn State. Within that position I serve in various roles:

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Comment: C: The Biostar Handbook. A bioinformatics e-book for beginners.
... There was more new content over 2017 - just a different kind - I have explored different directions this year: 1. An online course has been added with 30 lectures finished in December 2017. I would recommend taking (and re-taking) the tests. 2. A Python course has been started and hopefully will be ...
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Comment: C: The Biostar Handbook. A bioinformatics e-book for beginners.
... > What are the pre-requisites to be able to use the book (and the training) for self-teaching? **Intelligence.** ...
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Comment: C: Does BWA mem ever edit data
... It is not the right question - BWA produces a SAM format - so the question should be "Is the sequence information in a SAM format identical to the FASTQ sequence" - to which the answer is NO. The SAM format represents information on the forward strand, hence sequences mapping on the reverse strand w ...
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Comment: C: The Biostar Handbook. A bioinformatics e-book for beginners.
... Single cell sequencing is a topic I would like to add - but the field feels quite un-settled: for example, *which RNA-Seq should we use?* ... fifty publications later, *well well well maybe we should use the same as regular RNA-Seq*... really? hard to believe... All content in the book comes from p ...
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Comment: C: The Biostar Handbook. A bioinformatics e-book for beginners.
... Thanks for the kind words. I am happy to hear that the resources are effective. You are right that we ought to have a forum of some sorts - especially since now the site hosts a book and two courses all going in parallel. We are working on addressing this shortcoming. We will likely have a forum in ...
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Comment: C: Taxonomy information in nr database
... I believe that as long as the accession numbers are the same you'd get the same behavior, hence you would not need to do anything in particular. My expectation is that the blast TaxDB is indexed by accession numbers. If you also wanted to build your own custom taxonomy - then you'd have to build i ...
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Comment: C: The Biostar Handbook. A bioinformatics e-book for beginners.
... The content is the same at any given time point for both editions. Moreover, readers may keep the last PDF and eBook version they have access to. Thus student edition owners would get access to the version released six months from now as well. What they would not be able the access is the website an ...
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Answer: A: Alternative splicing analysis following kallisto?
... Since with Kallisto you are quantifying against transcripts hence you can go ahead with your analysis. If you trying to discover new splice variants you would need to align against the genome with a different method. ...
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Answer: A: Understanding MAPping Quality in SAM file / Star
... A mapping quality of zero usually indicates a multiply mapped read (one that aligns equally well in multiple locations). The alignments often indicate the other locations, but in this case, they do not. The flag 272 has more information 0x110 272 REVERSE,SECONDARY See how this alignment is a s ...
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Answer: A: Taxonomy information in nr database
... You have to have to download the taxonomy database as well. You can use the update script for that: update_blastdb.pl taxdb --decompress Then ensure that blast can automatically access that information as well: export BLASTDB=$BLASTDB:~/location/of/taxdb ...
written 4 months ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 77k

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