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Bioinformatics. 2012 Feb 1;28(3):436-8. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btr685. Epub 2011 Dec 9.

SitePainter: a tool for exploring biogeographical patterns.

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Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boulder, CO 80309, USA. antoniog@colorado.edu

Abstract

As microbial ecologists take advantage of high-throughput analytical techniques to describe microbial communities across ever-increasing numbers of samples, the need for new analysis tools that reveal the intrinsic spatial patterns and structures of these populations is crucial. Here we present SitePainter, an interactive graphical tool that allows investigators to create or upload pictures of their study site, load diversity analyses data and display both diversity and taxonomy results in a spatial context. Features of SitePainter include: visualizing α -diversity, using taxonomic summaries; visualizing β -diversity, using results from multidimensional scaling methods; and animating relationships among microbial taxa or pathways overtime. SitePainter thus increases the visual power and ability to explore spatially explicit studies.

AVAILABILITY:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/sitepainter

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

CONTACT:

antoniog@colorado.edu, Rob.Knight@colorado.edu.

PMID:
22171330
PMCID:
PMC3268248
DOI:
10.1093/bioinformatics/btr685
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