Connect various types of genomics data to the SciPy stack
plastid is a Python library for genomic analysis – in particular, high-throughput sequencing data – with an emphasis on simplicity for users. It was written by Joshua Dunn in Jonathan Weissman’s lab at UCSF, initially for analysis of ribosome profiling and RNA-seq data. Versions of it have been used in several publications.
plastid’s intended audience includes computational and traditional biologists, software developers, and even those who are new to sequencing analysis. It is released under the BSD 3-Clause license.
This package provides:
- A set of command-line scripts that implement common sequencing analyses
- A set of classes that create a simple, intuitive interfaces to genomic features, read alignments, and quantitative data. These objects readily interface with existing scientific tools, like the SciPy stack, to facilitate interactive or exploratory data analysis.
- Script writing tools that make it easy to use the file parsers and objects implemented in plastid.
- Extensive documentation and tutorials
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