Friday, 18 November 2011

BED file format - FAQ

UCSC very good description of the BED format

Bedtools attempts to auto-detect the file formats used in each command.  Thus, as long as your file conform to the format definitions for each file type, you should be okay.  For example:

- BAM is zero-based, half-open.  SAM is 1-based, closed.
- BED is zero-based, half-open.

zero length intervals (start == end), which in BED format, are interpreted as insertions in the reference.

I can't confirm this but from the top of my head, I recall that

start -1, end in BED format refers to SNPs

(source mostly from BEDTools mailling list)

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