Question: Filter SAM questions
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18 months ago by
braveen.joseph20 wrote:

Hi, I don't know whether these are appropriate questions. I tried a lot to understand this, couldn't find any answers that satisfied me. So would like to give a try.

(1) What is the difference between Mapped and Unmapped Reads? (As defined by the tool)

(2) Is it absolutely necessary to use filter SAM when analyzing for variants?

Thanks in Advance!

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 18 months ago by Jennifer Hillman Jackson25k • written 18 months ago by braveen.joseph20
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Jennifer Hillman Jackson25k wrote:


Mapped reads are those that were aligned by the tool used (HISAT, Bowtie, etc) with respect to the other given inputs. Meaning, the fastq sequence "mapped" has homology to the target transcriptome/exome/genome that passes the threshold criteria set in the parameters.

Unmapped reads are those that were not aligned.

Galaxy wrapped tools are usually a way to work with an underlying 3rd party tool that is also available line-command. Links to these 3rd party tool manuals are usually given on the tool forms, but if you are using one without the link, you can also just google the tool name to find the manual and other online resources (google groups and other forums). Most tool forms have some documentation included that associates the line-command parameters with the web-based tool form's options. The tool wrapper code can also be examined if that is something you are familiar with reviewing or just want to try. However, should any be unclear let us know and we can offer help.

Filtering mapping results before calling variants is generally needed yet sometimes filtering after (or both) is the best practice workflow. Please see the Variant analysis tutorials and other NGS learning resources here for rational and examples:

Thanks! Jen, Galaxy team

ADD COMMENTlink modified 18 months ago • written 18 months ago by Jennifer Hillman Jackson25k
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