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An example RNA-Seq Quality Control and Analysis Workflow

December 6, 2011
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I found the slides below on the education page from Bioinformatics & Research Computing at the Whitehead Institute. The first set (PDF) gives an overview of the methods and software available for quality assessment of microarray and RNA-seq experim...

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GEO2R: Web App to Analyze Gene Expression in GEO Datasets Using R

November 17, 2011
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GEO2R: Web App to Analyze Gene Expression in GEO Datasets Using R

Gene Expression Omnibus is NCBI's repository for publicly available gene expression data with thousands of datasets having over 600,000 samples with array or sequencing data. You can download data from GEO using FTP, or download and load the data direc...

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I’m Starting a New Position at the University of Virginia

September 8, 2011
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I’m Starting a New Position at the University of Virginia

I just accepted an offer for a faculty position at the University of Virginia in the Center for Public Health Genomics / Department of Public Health Sciences. Starting in October I will be developing and directing a new centralized bioinformatics core ...

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Sync Your Rprofile Across Multiple R Installations

August 15, 2011
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Sync Your Rprofile Across Multiple R Installations

Your Rprofile is a script that R executes every time you launch an R session. You can use it to automatically load packages, set your working directory, set options, define useful functions, and set up database connections, and run any other code you w...

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Friday Links: R, OpenHelix Bioinformatics Tips, 23andMe, Perl, Python, Next-Gen Sequencing

August 5, 2011
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Friday Links: R, OpenHelix Bioinformatics Tips, 23andMe, Perl, Python, Next-Gen Sequencing

I haven't posted much here recently, but here is a roundup of a few of the links I've shared on Twitter (@genetics_blog) over the last two weeks.Here is a nice tutorial on accessing high-throughput public data (from NCBI) using R and Bioconductor.Cloud...

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Scatterplot matrices in R

July 25, 2011
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Scatterplot matrices in R

I just discovered a handy function in R to produce a scatterplot matrix of selected variables in a dataset. The base graphics function is pairs(). Producing these plots can be helpful in exploring your data, especially using the second method below.Try...

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Steal This Blog!

June 22, 2011
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Steal This Blog!

I wanted to contribute any content and code I post here to the R Programming Wikibook so I made a slight change to the Creative Commons license on this blog. All the written content is now cc-by-sa and all the code here is still open source BSD. So fee...

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More Command-Line Text Munging Utilities

May 19, 2011
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More Command-Line Text Munging Utilities

In a previous post I linked to gcol as a quick and intuitive alternative to awk. I just stumbled across yet another set of handy text file manipulation utilities from the creators of the BEAGLE software for GWAS data imputation and analysis. In additio...

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More Command-Line Text Munging Utilities

May 19, 2011
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More Command-Line Text Munging Utilities

In a previous post I linked to gcol as a quick and intuitive alternative to awk. I just stumbled across yet another set of handy text file manipulation utilities from the creators of the BEAGLE software for GWAS data imputation and analysis. In additio...

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Accessing Databases From R

May 9, 2011
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Accessing Databases From R

Jeffrey Breen put together a useful slideshow on accessing databases from R. I use RODBC every single day to access my own local MySQL server from R. I've had trouble with RMySQL, so I've always used RODBC instead after setting up my localhost MySQL se...

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