The avalanche of publications mentioning GO

November 30, 2010

(This article was first published on YGC » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Gene Ontology is the de facto standard for annotation of gene products. It has been widely used in biological data mining, and I believe it will play more central role in the future.

Publications mentioning GO was collected and deposited in GO ftp, and can be accessed (

I count the number of publicans by year, and draw a histogram, which showed that the growing trend was remarkable.

> gopub <- read.delim("")
> dim(gopub)
[1] 3626   10
> p <- ggplot(gopub, aes(year))
> p + geom_histogram(aes(y=..count..)) + opts(title = "Publications mentioning GO")

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