Journal article

Accurate reconstruction of viral quasispecies spectra through improved estimation of strain richness

Duleepa Jayasundara, I Saeed, BC Chang, Sen-Lin Tang, Saman K Halgamuge

BMC BIOINFORMATICS | BMC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Estimating the number of different species (richness) in a mixed microbial population has been a main focus in metagenomic research. Existing methods of species richness estimation ride on the assumption that the reads in each assembled contig correspond to only one of the microbial genomes in the population. This assumption and the underlying probabilistic formulations of existing methods are not useful for quasispecies populations where the strains are highly genetically related. RESULTS: On benchmark data sets, our estimation method provided accurate richness estimates (< 0.2 median estimation error) and improved the precision of ViQuaS by 2%-13% and F-score by 1%-9% without c..

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