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Old 11-28-2011, 08:18 AM   #1
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Default Dindel is seeing too many reads, potential bug?

Hey all,

I have just figured out how to download and use dindel and I am trying to compare it to samtools mpileup. Most of the calls are the same. However, when looking at a dindel call in IGV, I noticed that there is only 1 read covering that position. Yet, dindel gave the following output line in the VCF file:

chr19   11243209        .       c       cG      128     PASS    DP=12;NF=0;NR=4;NRS=3;NFS=1;HP=1        GT:GQ   1/1:12
When looking at the depthofcoverage file, it states that there is only 1 read. Yet, dindel sees 4 reads. Does anybody have any idea why this could happen? I've attached a screenshot of this position in IGV.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:43 AM   #2
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I had the same doubt. After checking the intermediate results of Dindel, I realized that DP value in the VCF is the number of reads that cover the window that is processed by Dindel.

For example, in my case the VCF contains an indel in the position 6680:

chromosome_II	6680	.	TATA	T	118	PASS	DP=230;NF=0;NR=3;NRS=13;NFS=23;HP=1	GT:GQ	0/1:118
The "depth" is:
  • DP=230 according to Dindel (INFO column in the VCF file), but
  • depth=45 according to IGV (in fact, according to the pileup file).

The information displayed by the "step 3" of Dindel showed this:

 tid: chromosome_II pos: 6681 leftPos: 6620  rightPos: 6742
Fetching reads....
Number of reads: 230 out of 77463 # unmapped reads: 0 numReadsUnknownLib: 0 numChrMismatch: 0 numMappedWithoutMate: 2 numUnmappedWithoutMate: 0
candidate_var@pos: 6681 6680,-ATA
aligned_var@pos 6681 6656 A=>G
aligned_var@pos 6681 6657 T=>A
aligned_var@pos 6681 6680 -ATA
[empiricalDistributionMethod] Number of haplotypes: 8
Filtered 0 haplotypes.
ll_ref: -1085.49 max_ll_indel: -1058.3 qual: 118.099
My interpretation is that DP is the number of reads covering the positions (window) 6620-6742, and not only those covering the "starting" point of the indel (6680).

Hope it is useful.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:11 AM   #3
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More simple!

My suspicion was correct, but there is a more straightforward way to confirm it.

From the header of the VCF file produced by Dindel:

##INFO=<ID=DP,Number=1,Type=Integer,Description="Total number of reads in haplotype window">
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