HMMER
User's Guide |

**alistat** reads a multiple sequence
alignment from the file *alignfile* in any supported format (including SELEX,
GCG MSF, and CLUSTAL), and shows a number of simple statistics about it.
These statistics include the name of the format, the number of sequences,
the total number of residues, the average and range of the sequence lengths,
the alignment length (e.g. including gap characters).

Also shown are some
percent identities. A percent pairwise alignment identity is defined as
*(idents* / MIN(len1, len2)) where *idents* is the number of exact identities
and *len1,* len2 are the unaligned lengths of the two sequences. The "average
percent identity", "most related pair", and "most unrelated pair" of the
alignment are the average, maximum, and minimum of all (N)(N-1)/2 pairs,
respectively. The "most distant seq" is calculated by finding the maximum
pairwise identity (best relative) for all N sequences, then finding the
minimum of these N numbers (hence, the most outlying sequence).

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**-a**] Show additional verbose information: a table with one line per sequence showing name, length, and its highest and lowest pairwise identity. These lines are prefixed with a * character to enable easily**grep'**ing them out and sorting them. For example,*alistat*-a foo.slx | grep "*" | sort -n +3 gives a ranked list of the most distant sequences in the alignment. Incompatible with the**-f**option.

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**-f**] Fast; use a sampling method to estimate the average %id. When this option is chosen,**alistat**doesn't show the other three pairwise identity numbers. This option is useful for very large alignments, for which the full (N)(N-1) calculation of all pairs would be prohibitive (e.g. Pfam's GP120 alignment, with over 10,000 sequences). Incompatible with the**-a**option.

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**-h**] Print brief help; includes version number and summary of all options, including expert options.

Direct comments and questions to <eddy@genetics.wustl.edu>