Transcript assembly from RNA-seq reads is a critical step in gene expression and subsequent functional analyses. Here we present PsiCLASS, an accurate and efficient transcript assembler based on an approach that simultaneously analyzes multiple RNA-seq samples. PsiCLASS combines mixture statistical models for exonic feature selection across multiple samples with splice graph based dynamic programming algorithms and a weighted voting scheme for transcript selection. PsiCLASS achieves significantly better sensitivity-precision tradeoff, and renders precision up to 2-3 fold higher than the StringTie system and Scallop plus TACO, the two best current approaches. PsiCLASS is efficient and scalable, assembling 667 GEUVADIS samples in 9 h, and has robust accuracy with large numbers of samples.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Chemistry
- General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
- General Physics and Astronomy