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Old 11-29-2011, 05:49 AM   #1
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Default Velvet Assembler: expected coverage versus estimated coverage versus effective covera

Hello everyone,

I am very new to bioinformatics in general, and I am trying to assemble some short reads using velvet. Having read the manual, I am still not clear on the distinction between some of the coverage terms.

Specifically, is the expected coverage the length weighted node or contig or kmer coverage?

Is the estimated coverage actually referring to an estimate of the expected coverage, performed by velvet?

Is the effective coverage the node coverage after errors have been removed using the coverage cutoff? Or is it an estimate of the proportion of the genome length that is covered by the assembled contigs?

Finally, is there a difference between the coverage depth, and the coverage density? Are both these values expressed in units of 'X'? e.g. 5X coverage.

Many thanks indeed for any help. This is really frustrating me!
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:21 AM   #2
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Velvet coverage is not x-based. The coverage you are getting is k-mer coverage per contig. I know this question has been asked before, so I won't go into any detail. Some quick google searches should get you the answers you are looking for.
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