doubletD: detecting doublets in single-cell DNA sequencing data

Leah L Weber, Palash Sashittal, Mohammed El-Kebir
2021 Bioinformatics  
Motivation While single-cell DNA sequencing (scDNA-seq) has enabled the study of intratumor heterogeneity at an unprecedented resolution, current technologies are error-prone and often result in doublets where two or more cells are mistaken for a single cell. Not only do doublets confound downstream analyses, but the increase in doublet rate is also a major bottleneck preventing higher throughput with current single-cell technologies. Although doublet detection and removal are standard practice
more » ... in scRNA-seq data analysis, options for scDNA-seq data are limited. Current methods attempt to detect doublets while also performing complex downstream analyses tasks, leading to decreased efficiency and/or performance. Results We present doubletD, the first standalone method for detecting doublets in scDNA-seq data. Underlying our method is a simple maximum likelihood approach with a closed-form solution. We demonstrate the performance of doubletD on simulated data as well as real datasets, outperforming current methods for downstream analysis of scDNA-seq data that jointly infer doublets as well as standalone approaches for doublet detection in scRNA-seq data. Incorporating doubletD in scDNA-seq analysis pipelines will reduce complexity and lead to more accurate results. Availability and implementation https://github.com/elkebir-group/doubletD. Supplementary information Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.
doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btab266 pmid:34252961 fatcat:nfclh4yd3vd5hmnck2u72hmue4