Journal article

Splatter: simulation of single-cell RNA sequencing data

Luke Zappia, Belinda Phipson, Alicia Oshlack

Published : 2017


As single-cell RNA sequencing technologies have rapidly developed, so have analysis methods. Many methods have been tested, developed and validated using simulated datasets. Unfortunately, current simulations are often poorly documented, their similarity to real data is not demonstrated, or reproducible code is not available. Here we present the Splatter Bioconductor package for simple, reproducible and well-documented simulation of single-cell RNA-seq data. Splatter provides an interface to multiple simulation methods including Splat, our own simulation, based on a gamma-Poisson distribution. Splat can simulate single populations of cells, populations with multiple cell types or differentia..

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