PHATE dimensionality reduction method
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PHATE - Potential of Heat-diffusion for Affinity-based Trajectory Embedding

PHATE is a tool for visualizing high dimensional single-cell data with natural progressions or trajectories. PHATE uses a novel conceptual framework for learning and visualizing the manifold inherent to biological systems in which smooth transitions mark the progressions of cells from one state to another. To see how PHATE can be applied to single-cell RNA-seq datasets from hematopoietic stem cells, human embryonic stem cells, and bone marrow samples, check out our preprint on BioRxiv.

Kevin R. Moon, David van Dijk, Zheng Wang, et al. PHATE: A Dimensionality Reduction Method for Visualizing Trajectory Structures in High-Dimensional Biological Data. 2017. BioRxiv

PHATE has been implemented in Python3 and Matlab.

Getting started

Python installation and dependencies

  1. The Python3 version of PHATE can be installed using:

     $ git clone git://
     $ cd Python
     $ python3 install --user
  2. PHATE depends on a number of python3 packages available on pypi and these dependencies are listed in All the dependencies will be automatically installed using the above commands

MATLAB installation

  1. The MATLAB version of PHATE can be accessed using:

     $ git clone git://
     $ cd PHATE/Matlab
  2. Add the PHATE/Matlab directory to your MATLAB path and run any of our test scripts to get a feel for PHATE.

Python demo

A demo on PHATE usage and visualization for single cell RNA-seq data can be found in this notebook: