A Platform-Independent Method for Detecting Errors in Metagenomic Sequencing Data: DRISEE

Kevin P. Keegan, William L. Trimble, Jared Wilkening, Andreas Wilke, Travis Harrison, Mark D'Souza, Folker Meyer, Scott Markel
2012 PLoS Computational Biology  
We provide a novel method, DRISEE (duplicate read inferred sequencing error estimation), to assess sequencing quality (alternatively referred to as "noise" or "error") within and/or between sequencing samples. DRISEE provides positional error estimates that can be used to inform read trimming within a sample. It also provides global (whole sample) error estimates that can be used to identify samples with high or varying levels of sequencing error that may confound downstream analyses,
more » ... ly in the case of studies that utilize data from multiple sequencing samples. For shotgun metagenomic data, we believe that DRISEE provides estimates of sequencing error that are more accurate and less constrained by technical limitations than existing methods that rely on reference genomes or the use of scores (e.g. Phred). Here, DRISEE is applied to (non amplicon) data sets from both the 454 and Illumina platforms. The DRISEE error estimate is obtained by analyzing sets of artifactual duplicate reads (ADRs), a known by-product of both sequencing platforms. We present DRISEE as an open-source, platform-independent method to assess sequencing error in shotgun metagenomic data, and utilize it to discover previously uncharacterized error in de novo sequence data from the 454 and Illumina sequencing platforms.
doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002541 pmid:22685393 pmcid:PMC3369934 fatcat:b4fvqzj2bna6zljh37fwarr2yq