HiC-spector: a matrix library for spectral and reproducibility analysis of Hi-C contact maps

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Abstract

Summary:

Genome-wide proximity ligation based assays like Hi-C have opened a window to the 3D organization of the genome. In so doing, they present data structures that are different from conventional 1D signal tracks. To exploit the 2D nature of Hi-C contact maps, matrix techniques like spectral analysis are particularly useful. Here, we present HiC-spector, a collection of matrix-related functions for analyzing Hi-C contact maps. In particular, we introduce a novel reproducibility metric for quantifying the similarity between contact maps based on spectral decomposition. The metric successfully separates contact maps mapped from Hi-C data coming from biological replicates, pseudo-replicates and different cell types.

Availability and Implementation:

Source code in Julia and Python, and detailed documentation is available at https://github.com/gersteinlab/HiC-spector.

Contact:

koonkiu.yan@gmail.com or mark@gersteinlab.org

Supplementary information:

Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

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