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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: StackExchange/Area51 bioinformatics is back
... I agree with the search being suboptimal - on the other hand, we always have Google and as a matter of fact that is how the majority of users come in from. I found that the "Similar Posts" column in the right column is the best way to find relevant content. One of the mistakes we initially made ...
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Comment: C: StackExchange/Area51 bioinformatics is back
... I have grown to deeply dislike the monoculture and centralization of modern "social networks" where facebooks, twitters and stackexchanges dominate every aspect of our lives. The greatest differentiating factor of Biostars relative to all of the alternatives is that it is different, independent an ...
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Comment: C: The Biostar Handbook. A bioinformatics e-book for beginners.
... The ChIP-Seq chapter is now out. ...
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Comment: C: The Biostar Handbook. A bioinformatics e-book for beginners.
... It will come a bit later - hopefully this month. We hit some issues - mostly that ChIP-Seq studies appear to be even more subjective and sensitive to parameters than initially thought. Hence we are contacting authors and trying to work with them to figure out how they got to the conclusions. ...
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Comment: C: The Biostar Handbook. A bioinformatics e-book for beginners.
... Please submit issues to: https://github.com/biostars/biostar-handbook-issues/issues In this case I have opened an issue for it: https://github.com/biostars/biostar-handbook-issues/issues/10 Edit: the issue has been now resolved ...
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Comment: C: SAMTOOLS 1.4 released
... what ... an off-by-one error ... no way that could happen in bioinformatics :-) ...
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Comment: C: How do you perform functional testing for your Bioinformatics tools?
... It is a slightly different `paste` that does not automatically recognize that the standard input is used hence it requires that you specify the `-` to indicate that input comes from stdin echo -e "acgtn\nACGTN" | paste -s -d "+" - ...
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Answer: A: How do you perform functional testing for your Bioinformatics tools?
... Based on my own personal experiences over longer periods of time I came to believe that the so-called "test-first" philosophy is misguided and leads to substantial amounts of wasted effort. The vast majority of the tests are too simple, the code never breaks around them, you look back five years lat ...
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Comment: C: How to upload your RNA-Seq data to NCBI Sequence Read Archive (SRA)
... Thanks for putting this all together. Right from the start, just getting data in and out of the SRA demonstrates the complete disconnect between the theory and the reality of reproducible research. ...
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Comment: C: Can Biostars use question template like Github issue/PR?
... Thanks for opening an issue for it - that brought the thread to my attention. A redesign is in the works for the entire site - with a migration to a newer Django version. That being said I do agree with the sentiment that puts less onus on users. The problem that one ends up with when asking for t ...
written 7 weeks ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 70k

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