Saturday, 17 December 2011

Transformations for the Compression of FASTQ Quality Scores of Next Generation Sequencing Data.[Bioinformatics. 2011] - PubMed - NCBI

Bioinformatics. 2011 Dec 13. [Epub ahead of print]


Department of Computational Biology, Graduate School of Frontier Science, University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba-ken, 277-8561, Japan.



The growth of next generation sequencing means that more effective and efficient archiving methods are needed to store the generated data for public dissemination and in anticipation of more mature analytical methods later. This paper examines methods for compressing the quality score component of the data to partly address this problem.


We compare several compression policies for quality scores, in terms of both compression effectiveness and overall efficiency. The policies employ lossy and lossless transformations with one of several coding schemes. Experiments show that both lossy and lossless transformations are useful, and that simple coding methods, which consume less computing resources, are highly competitive, especially when random access to reads is needed.Availability and Implementation: Our C++ implementation, released under the Lesser General Public License, is available for download at

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