SYNOPSIScompstruct [options] trusted_file test_file
compstruct evaluates the accuracy of RNA secondary structure predictions, at the on a per-base-pair basis. The trusted_file contains one or more sequences with trusted (known) RNA secondary structure annotation. The test_file contains the same sequences, in the same order, with predicted RNA secondary structure annotation. compstruct reads the structures and compares them, and calculates both the sensitivity (the number of true base pairs that are correctly predicted) and the specificity (positive predictive value, the number of predicted base pairs that are true). Results are reported for each individual sequence, and in summary for all sequences together.
Both files must contain secondary structure annotation in WUSS notation. Only SELEX and Stockholm formats support structure markup at present.
The default definition of a correctly predicted base pair is that a true pair (i,j) must exactly match a predicted pair (i,j).
Mathews, Zuker, Turner and colleagues (see: Mathews et al., JMB 288:911-940, 1999) use a more relaxed definition. Mathews defines "correct" as follows: a true pair (i,j) is correctly predicted if any of the following pairs are predicted: (i,j), (i+1,j), (i-1,j), (i,j+1), or (i,j-1). This rule allows for "slipped helices" off by one base. The -m option activates this rule for both sensitivity and for specificity. For specificity, the rule is reversed: predicted pair (i,j) is considered to be true if the true structure contains one of the five pairs (i,j), (i+1,j), (i-1,j), (i,j+1), or (i,j-1).
Print brief help; includes version number and summary of
all options, including expert options.
Use the Mathews relaxed accuracy rule (see above), instead
of requiring exact prediction of base pairs.
- Count pseudoknotted base pairs towards the accuracy, in either trusted or predicted structures. By default, pseudoknots are ignored.
Normally, only the
would have pseudoknot annotation, since most RNA secondary structure
prediction programs do not predict pseudoknots. Using the
option allows you to penalize the prediction program for not
predicting known pseudoknots. In a case where both the
have pseudoknot annotation, the
option lets you count pseudoknots in evaluating
the prediction accuracy. Beware, however, the case where you
use a pseudoknot-capable prediction program to generate the
does not have pseudoknot annotation; in this case,
will penalize any predicted pseudoknots when it calculates
specificity, even if they're right, because they don't appear in the
trusted annotation; this is probably not what you'd want to do.
- --informat <s>
Specify that the two sequence files are in format
<s>. In this case, both files must be in the same
format. The default is to autodetect the file formats,
in which case they could be different (one SELEX,
Don't print any verbose header information.
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