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Classical Statistics and Scoring of Alignments

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Consider a probe of length l and a database of total length m. How many subsequences of length n are there in l? l-n+1 How many subsequences of length n are there in m? m-n+1 SO THERE ARE EXACTLY (l-m+1) (m-n+1) potential matches of length m between the probe and the database.

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Probability: Coin Toss There are only two outcomes possible for a coin toss: heads and tails. For a fair coin, the probability of getting heads on any one toss is 0.5; p = 0.5 The probability of getting tails on any one toss is 0.5; q = (1-p) = 0.5 There are only two outcomes possible for a coin toss: heads and tails. For a fair coin, the probability of getting heads on any one toss is 0.5; p = 0.5 The probability of getting tails on any one toss is 0.5; q = (1-p) = 0.5

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If you do lots of tosses, you expect heads and tails approximately half the time; the probability for one toss has meaning over many tosses, too. But if you do a finite number of tosses, you have a small chance of getting exactly half heads and and half tails; most of the time you’ll get almost half and half If you do lots of tosses, you expect heads and tails approximately half the time; the probability for one toss has meaning over many tosses, too. But if you do a finite number of tosses, you have a small chance of getting exactly half heads and and half tails; most of the time you’ll get almost half and half

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If you do many sets of tosses, you can find out empirically what your chances are of getting say 4 heads out of 10 tosses; P(k=4 heads out of N=10 tosses) Or you can figure it out mathematically by thinking about how many ways you could toss a coin 10 times and get 4 heads: combinations formula If you do many sets of tosses, you can find out empirically what your chances are of getting say 4 heads out of 10 tosses; P(k=4 heads out of N=10 tosses) Or you can figure it out mathematically by thinking about how many ways you could toss a coin 10 times and get 4 heads: combinations formula

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Ways to get heads ways to get dif #’s heads 1 1 2 1 1 3 3 1 1 4 6 4 1 1 5 10 10 5 1 1 6 15 20 15 6 1 ways to get dif #’s heads 1 1 2 1 1 3 3 1 1 4 6 4 1 1 5 10 10 5 1 1 6 15 20 15 6 1 #trials 1 2 3 4 5 6

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Binomial theorem The combinations in the triangle come from the binomial theorem: since we have only two outcomes, you can write the probability of all outcomes as (p + q) n, where n = the number of trials (p+q) n = p n + n! p (n-1) q + n! p (n-2) q 2 …..+q n i!j! i!j! where i = the number of heads and j = the number of tails E.g., what’s the probability of 4 out of 6 heads? n = 6, i = 4, j = 2: 6!/4!2!(0.5) 4 (0.5) 2 The combinations in the triangle come from the binomial theorem: since we have only two outcomes, you can write the probability of all outcomes as (p + q) n, where n = the number of trials (p+q) n = p n + n! p (n-1) q + n! p (n-2) q 2 …..+q n i!j! i!j! where i = the number of heads and j = the number of tails E.g., what’s the probability of 4 out of 6 heads? n = 6, i = 4, j = 2: 6!/4!2!(0.5) 4 (0.5) 2

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You can make a plot of all the possible probability scores against the number of heads you get

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Notice that as n increases, the binomial distribution approaches a bell-shaped curve: the gaussian distribution The gaussian distribution has the familiar mean = x and standard deviation = s for common statistical analyses: t-test, etc. Notice that as n increases, the binomial distribution approaches a bell-shaped curve: the gaussian distribution The gaussian distribution has the familiar mean = x and standard deviation = s for common statistical analyses: t-test, etc.

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Gaussian Distribution

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What about statistics for alignments? What we want is a way to find out the significance of the score we assign to alignments – either the similarity search or the alignments that we will be talking about next week We need the probability of finding a particular score What we want is a way to find out the significance of the score we assign to alignments – either the similarity search or the alignments that we will be talking about next week We need the probability of finding a particular score

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Probability of finding a score – simplified example Let’s consider sequences with an alphabet of just 2 letters, A and B Then p = probability of a match to A, and q = probability of match to B (or no match to A); this is just like tossing a coin and p = q For random sequences, we expect a total score of ½ N (N = length of sequences) Let’s consider sequences with an alphabet of just 2 letters, A and B Then p = probability of a match to A, and q = probability of match to B (or no match to A); this is just like tossing a coin and p = q For random sequences, we expect a total score of ½ N (N = length of sequences)

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In-class exercise I Assume identity scoring, a gapless alignment and a sequence alphabet of A and B. What is the probability of two random sequences of length 4 being identical? What is the probability of 3 out of 4 characters identical? Assume identity scoring, a gapless alignment and a sequence alphabet of A and B. What is the probability of two random sequences of length 4 being identical? What is the probability of 3 out of 4 characters identical?

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Probability of finding a score – almost realistic So what if we let there be 4 characters (as in the nucleic acid case)? We’ll keep identity scoring and no gaps Now p(match) = 0.25, and q(no match) = 0.75 Since there’s still only 2 outcomes we can use the binomial theorem to calculate the distribution of scores just as before (this is like a “loaded” coin) So what if we let there be 4 characters (as in the nucleic acid case)? We’ll keep identity scoring and no gaps Now p(match) = 0.25, and q(no match) = 0.75 Since there’s still only 2 outcomes we can use the binomial theorem to calculate the distribution of scores just as before (this is like a “loaded” coin)

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In-class exercise II Assume an alphabet of 4 letters A,G,C,T; a gapless alignment, and identity scoring. What is the probability of two random sequences of length 4 being identical? What is the probability of 3 out of 4 characters identical? Assume an alphabet of 4 letters A,G,C,T; a gapless alignment, and identity scoring. What is the probability of two random sequences of length 4 being identical? What is the probability of 3 out of 4 characters identical?

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Distribution for 4-character, identity scoring You can convince yourself that the probability distributions for scores of alignments using a 4-character alphabet are not gaussian This means you can’t use t-tests, etc., to test significance of alignments You can convince yourself that the probability distributions for scores of alignments using a 4-character alphabet are not gaussian This means you can’t use t-tests, etc., to test significance of alignments

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Alignment statistics No theory for global alignments Can use randomized sets Statistics for ungapped local alignments well-understood No theory for global alignments Can use randomized sets Statistics for ungapped local alignments well-understood

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FASTA statistics FASTA generates a random set of proteins sequences and reports the frequency of init1’s (modified hits) against the randomized set The tail of an actual search distribution usually contains more hits than are expected from the randomized set; some of those extra hits will represent homologous proteins FASTA generates a random set of proteins sequences and reports the frequency of init1’s (modified hits) against the randomized set The tail of an actual search distribution usually contains more hits than are expected from the randomized set; some of those extra hits will represent homologous proteins

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Some of the other hits in the areas of higher probability of random hits will also represent homologous proteins

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Karlin-Altschul statistics BLAST initially generates ungapped alignments Problem: How many hits of score S are generated using a probe of length m vs. a database of total sequence length n? Answer: for high scores the number of hits is determined by the extreme value distribution: E=Kmn exp(- S) BLAST initially generates ungapped alignments Problem: How many hits of score S are generated using a probe of length m vs. a database of total sequence length n? Answer: for high scores the number of hits is determined by the extreme value distribution: E=Kmn exp(- S)

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So as the probe length and the data base size go up, the expected number of hits go up linearly. As the cutoff score is raised, the number decreases exponentially and are parameters which depend on factors such as the scoring matrix used So as the probe length and the data base size go up, the expected number of hits go up linearly. As the cutoff score is raised, the number decreases exponentially and are parameters which depend on factors such as the scoring matrix used

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Statistics of alignment Consider a probe of length l and a database of total length n. How many subsequences of length m are there in l? l-m+1 How many subsequences of length m are there in n? n-m+1 SO THERE ARE EXACTLY (l-m+1) (n-m+1) potential matches of length m between the probe and the database. Consider a probe of length l and a database of total length n. How many subsequences of length m are there in l? l-m+1 How many subsequences of length m are there in n? n-m+1 SO THERE ARE EXACTLY (l-m+1) (n-m+1) potential matches of length m between the probe and the database.

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The number of matches expected is just the product of the number of potential matches and the probability of a pair matching: –Expectation value = (l-m+1) (n-m+1) p m where p is the probability of a match at each position; if each outcome (letter in the alphabet) is of equal probability, p is the inverse of the number of outcomes (letters). The number of matches expected is just the product of the number of potential matches and the probability of a pair matching: –Expectation value = (l-m+1) (n-m+1) p m where p is the probability of a match at each position; if each outcome (letter in the alphabet) is of equal probability, p is the inverse of the number of outcomes (letters).

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Using gapless alignments and identity scoring, the score of a particular comparison between a probe and a database is just the number of matches in the region considered. Suppose we extend any hits in both directions until we reach a mismatch; the score obtained will be just the number of consecutive hits m. We seek the number of random hits expected of score at least S=M. The expectation value is just (l-M+1) (n-M+1) p M for DNA (four bases) and large l and n, this is ~ n l 4 -S Using gapless alignments and identity scoring, the score of a particular comparison between a probe and a database is just the number of matches in the region considered. Suppose we extend any hits in both directions until we reach a mismatch; the score obtained will be just the number of consecutive hits m. We seek the number of random hits expected of score at least S=M. The expectation value is just (l-M+1) (n-M+1) p M for DNA (four bases) and large l and n, this is ~ n l 4 -S

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Statistics of alignment Now suppose we modify our extension rules so that to get score S we need to get only i out of m matches, with j misses allowed. The probability of i hits out of m is just m! p i q j i!j! Now suppose we modify our extension rules so that to get score S we need to get only i out of m matches, with j misses allowed. The probability of i hits out of m is just m! p i q j i!j!

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We can find the expectation value by multiplying by the number of potential m base comparisons. for DNA (four bases) and large l and n, this is ~ n l m! p i q j i!j! We can find the expectation value by multiplying by the number of potential m base comparisons. for DNA (four bases) and large l and n, this is ~ n l m! p i q j i!j!

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The expectation value for the number of hits of score S in a database of length n with a probe of length l is ~ n l m! p i q j i!j! if it takes i hits out of i+j elements to reach S. Using identity scoring, S=i and for q>>p and small j this is close to ~ n l m! p i i!j! The expectation value for the number of hits of score S in a database of length n with a probe of length l is ~ n l m! p i q j i!j! if it takes i hits out of i+j elements to reach S. Using identity scoring, S=i and for q>>p and small j this is close to ~ n l m! p i i!j!

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The expression ~ n l m! p i i!j! or ~ n l m! (1/p) -S i!j! is a reasonable approximation for DNA sequences only for j=0 or 1, but for amino acid sequences q is large enough to tolerate several mismatches. The expression ~ n l m! p i i!j! or ~ n l m! (1/p) -S i!j! is a reasonable approximation for DNA sequences only for j=0 or 1, but for amino acid sequences q is large enough to tolerate several mismatches.

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More generally, ~ n l m! (1/p) -S i!j! is equivalent to K n l (1/p )-S, where K contains both the binomial coefficients and the terms in q. For non-identity scoring, we have K n l exp (- S) which is the general form of the extreme value distribution; is a scale factor for the score system. More generally, ~ n l m! (1/p) -S i!j! is equivalent to K n l (1/p )-S, where K contains both the binomial coefficients and the terms in q. For non-identity scoring, we have K n l exp (- S) which is the general form of the extreme value distribution; is a scale factor for the score system.

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Algorithms An algorithm is an exact set of instructions for carrying out a task using a limited menu of commands Algorithms are most often associated with computer programs, but they can also be used by humans to solve problems Small number of operations defined in the programming language compared to, say, words or phrases in English An algorithm is an exact set of instructions for carrying out a task using a limited menu of commands Algorithms are most often associated with computer programs, but they can also be used by humans to solve problems Small number of operations defined in the programming language compared to, say, words or phrases in English

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Algorithms in minimal C Instructions: main () means program is beginning Statements have operators: =, +, -, *, ++ (increment), % (modulus), () (separating terms) Statements are not algebra! »x = x + 1 Instructions: main () means program is beginning Statements have operators: =, +, -, *, ++ (increment), % (modulus), () (separating terms) Statements are not algebra! »x = x + 1

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Statements end in ; Statements are about variables Variables start with characters (i, x, b5) Variables need to be declared so the program can use them float x (float means any real number); int I (int means an integer); char b (char means character) ; Arrays are a list of data that can be associated with a variable; arrays run from 0 to n-1 where n is the number in brackets float x[]; int a[50]; char b[500]; float x [5][4]; Statements end in ; Statements are about variables Variables start with characters (i, x, b5) Variables need to be declared so the program can use them float x (float means any real number); int I (int means an integer); char b (char means character) ; Arrays are a list of data that can be associated with a variable; arrays run from 0 to n-1 where n is the number in brackets float x[]; int a[50]; char b[500]; float x [5][4];

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Variables need to be initialized (given a starting value) if they are going to be incremented Loops and conditions –For (conditions) { statements; } means do statement operations while conditions are met –If (conditions) { statements; } else {statements; } means do first statements while conditions are met, and when conditions are not met do second statements – this is a one-time thing –While (conditions) { statements; } means keep doing statements while conditions are met, and as soon as they are not met, stop – this is continuous while conditions are met –{continue; } go to next iteration of current loop skipping intervening statements (curly brackets) –{ break; } means get out of the current loop Variables need to be initialized (given a starting value) if they are going to be incremented Loops and conditions –For (conditions) { statements; } means do statement operations while conditions are met –If (conditions) { statements; } else {statements; } means do first statements while conditions are met, and when conditions are not met do second statements – this is a one-time thing –While (conditions) { statements; } means keep doing statements while conditions are met, and as soon as they are not met, stop – this is continuous while conditions are met –{continue; } go to next iteration of current loop skipping intervening statements (curly brackets) –{ break; } means get out of the current loop

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Loops have curly brackets around them –Loops can be nested –Loops are operations that continue until something changes Arithmetic: sqrt (x), exp (x), log (x), etc. Logical operators: == (equals), != (not equal), >, =, && (boolean AND), | | (boolean OR) Real programs need an input and an output function; input reads data into the program, and output records the results of the operations in the program. You will not need to worry about the input and output parts of the algorithms, we will provide them to you. Loops have curly brackets around them –Loops can be nested –Loops are operations that continue until something changes Arithmetic: sqrt (x), exp (x), log (x), etc. Logical operators: == (equals), != (not equal), >, =, && (boolean AND), | | (boolean OR) Real programs need an input and an output function; input reads data into the program, and output records the results of the operations in the program. You will not need to worry about the input and output parts of the algorithms, we will provide them to you.

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Simple algorithm to find the average of N terms x(n) Main() {starts program Float s, av, x[ ];declares variables int i, N;declares variables “Input” (x, N);gets data s = 0;initializes s (value 0) for (i = 0; i

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How a simple loop works: for (i = 0; i

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In-class exercise Use the following data and the algorithm for the average of N terms to find the average: 3,5,8,9 Main() { Float s, av, x[ ]; int i, N; “Input” (x, N); s = 0; for (i = 0; i

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Nested Loops Often we need to cover a space defined by multiple variables. Suppose we have a matrix with elements X(i,j): X(1,1) X(1,2) X(1,3) …… X (1,n) X(2,1) X(2,2) X(2,3) …….X (2,n). X(m,1) Often we need to cover a space defined by multiple variables. Suppose we have a matrix with elements X(i,j): X(1,1) X(1,2) X(1,3) …… X (1,n) X(2,1) X(2,2) X(2,3) …….X (2,n). X(m,1)

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To write the elements of X(i,j), we can use two nested loops, one indexed to i and the other to j: for (i=0, i

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Another algorithm: simple sequence similarity search Probe sequence w of length J; elements w(j), j = 1,2, … J Library sequence m of length I; elements m(i), i = 1,2, … I Problem: find all exact matches of for the whole length of w in m Probe sequence w of length J; elements w(j), j = 1,2, … J Library sequence m of length I; elements m(i), i = 1,2, … I Problem: find all exact matches of for the whole length of w in m

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Search algorithm Main () { int i, j, I, J; char w[ ], m[ ]; “Input” (w, m, I, J); i = 0, j = 0; for (i=0; i*
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Search algorithm How it works: outside loop in i controls the start of the sequence comparison in m: i is the # of the sequence element in m compared to the first element in w. inside loop in j increments the index of both w and m, allowing the comparison of successive elements for each starting point fixed by i. How it works: outside loop in i controls the start of the sequence comparison in m: i is the # of the sequence element in m compared to the first element in w. inside loop in j increments the index of both w and m, allowing the comparison of successive elements for each starting point fixed by i.

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Sliding Box Model i controls the region of m selected for comparison i controls the region of m selected for comparison W1 W2... M1 M2 -------------------------------------------- MI M1 M2 ----------------------- MI Above: box represents the position of w on m for i=1, so that W1 gets compared to M1, W2 to M2, etc. as j increases W1 W2... Below: box represents the position of w on m for i=2, the second time through the outer loop. As j increases W1 is compared to M2, W2 to M3, etc.

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In-class exercise W: AB M : QLABCD Use the simple sequence similarity search algorithm to find matches between w and m W: AB M : QLABCD Use the simple sequence similarity search algorithm to find matches between w and m

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