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Bioinformatics with Python Cookbook by Tiago Antao

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Managing datasets with PLINK

Here, we will manage our dataset using PLINK. We will create subsets of our main dataset (from the HapMap project) suitable to be analyzed in our next recipes.

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Note that neither PLINK nor any similar programs were developed because of their file formats. Probably, it had no objective to become a default file standard for population genetics data. In this field, you will need to be ready to convert from format to format (for this, Python is quite appropriate) because every application that you will use will probably have its own quirky requirements. The most important point to learn from this recipe is that it's not formats that are being used, although these are relevant, but the ''file conversion mentality''. Apart ...

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