Copyright (c) 2018 Real Time Genomics Ltd
This software is provided under the Simplified BSD License. See LICENSE.txt
RTG Tools is a subset of
that includes several useful utilities for dealing with VCF files and
sequence data. Probably the most interesting is the
command which performs sophisticated comparison of VCF files.
Conventional tools attempt comparison by directly comparing variant positions, alleles, and genotypes, however they are inherently unable to deal with differences in representation that commonly arise, particularly when dealing with complex variants or when comparing variants produced by different callers. More details are in this presentation on slideshare and this manuscript on bioRxiv. Comparison approaches based on normalization or decomposition can alleviate these problem but often fail to deal with more complex situations.
vcfeval performs variant comparison at the haplotype level, that
is, it determines whether the genotypes asserted in the VCFs under
comparison result in the same genomic sequence when applied to the
reference genome. This in itself is a non-trivial problem and naive
approaches face a combinatorial explosion to determine the most
accurate analysis. To date, no other tool is capable of performing
this analysis as accurately and as fast as RTG
vcfeval for in-house use in 2010, and through our
collaborations we found this tool to be highly useful outside of
RTG. RTG vcfeval outputs VCF files containing the results of
comparison, summary metrics, and ROC curve data files.
In conjunction with
rocplot command provides an easy
way to interactively examine the ROC curves from one or more
runs as an aid to selecting appropriate scoring attributes and
filtering thresholds. A quick screen capture is shown below:
In order to encourage wider adoption of best-practise methods for variant comparison and benchmarking, Real Time Genomics made RTG Tools freely available, and now this includes the source code under an OSI approved open source licence. RTG Tools are mature, well tested, and under ongoing development.
RTG Tools is available pre-packaged directly from our website, or follow the instructions below to build from this repository.
If you have a need for variant calling or metagenomics analysis, please consider our full analysis suite RTG Core.
You can use the commands in RTG Tools to format your own reference datasets, or download common pre-formatted references from our website.
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Prerequisites for building from source
- Java 1.8 or later
- apache ant 1.9 or later
Check out source code for RTG Tools
$ git clone https://github.com/RealTimeGenomics/rtg-tools.git $ cd rtg-tools
Compile / run unit tests
$ ant runalltests
Build RTG Tools package
To build the RTG Tools package which can be locally installed and run:
$ ant zip-nojre
This will create an installation zip file under
Uncompress the installation zip:
$ cd /my/install/dir/ $ unzip /path/to/rtg-tools/dist/rtg-tools-VERSION-nojre.zip
Follow the instructions contained in the
README.txt. This build will
use the system Java by default, so ensure that it is Java 1.8 or
For a quick demonstration of the features of RTG Tools for simulation
and VCF processing on data generated from scratch, run the
demo-tools.sh script contained in the scripts subdirectory of the
$ cd /my/install/dir/rtg-tools-VERSION/ $ ./scripts/demo-tools.sh $PWD/rtg