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ac91 08-23-2015 03:02 AM

Reciprocal blast (RBH) - help

Im new in the bioinformatic world so be patience if my question is dummy. :)

I have two fasta files and I run blast reciprocal best hits (RBH) for blastp using the script from peterjc that you can be found here:

So, the output gives me:A_id, B_id, A_length, B_length, A_qcovhsp, B_qcovhsp, length, pident and bitscore.

But Im also interested in other options as e-values etc...

Anyone knows if there is an away of change the script that Im using to obtain other results or if there is another script that can give these options ?


maubp 08-23-2015 04:19 AM

I'm glad it's useful (our preprint covering this and the Galaxy BLAST+ wrappers is out, and the formal publication in GigaScience is coming soon - so you'll be able to formally cite the script).

The e-values depend on the size of the FASTA files (or the temporary databases made from them), so are often not directly useful for comparison between datasets - that's why I deliberately only reported the bit score.

But yes, it ought to be fairly simple for you to add the evalue field to the BLAST commands and collect that in the final output. Do you know any Python programming?

ac91 08-23-2015 05:11 AM

First of all, thanks for your fast answer.

I had the idea that e-values were the main criteria to "eliminate" some hits. Im wrong?

Yes, I have some basic knowledge in python programing.

maubp 08-23-2015 12:25 PM

Maybe read (linked to from the tool help in the Galaxy wrapper XML file).

My RBH tool does not use the e-value at all, the "best" hit has the highest bit score (which in turn means it has the lowest e-value because BLAST calculates that from the bit score).

ac91 08-23-2015 12:34 PM

Thank you very much!!! :)

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