RF Compare allows comparing RF Fold-inferred secondary structures, with a reference of known secondary structures, reporting for each comparison the PPV (Positive Predictive Value, the fraction of basepairs present in the predicted structure that are also present in the reference structure) and the sensitivity (the fraction of base-pairs present in the reference structure that are also in the predicted structure).
Reference structures can be provided either in Vienna format (dot-bracket notation), or in CT format:
# Vienna format >Transcript#1 AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU .((((((((((((((((((....)))))))))))))))))) >Transcript#2 CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG (((((((((((((((((...))))))))))))))))) >Transcript#3 GCUAGCUAGCUAGCUAGCUAGUCAAGACGAGUCGAUGCU (((((((((....))))))))).................
The name of the sequence in the reference structure file must match the compared file's name (e.g. "Transcript#1" expects a file named "Transcript#1.ct" or "Transcript#1.db").
RF Compare can be invoked both on a single structure, or on an entire folder of RF Fold-predicted structure files. Structures can be provided either in CT or Vienna (dot-bracket) format.
Since version 2.5, RF Compare generates vector graphical reports (SVG format) for each structure, reporting the reference structure and the compared structure, with base-pairs colored according to their presence in both structures:
To list the required parameters, simply type:
$ rf-compare -h
|-r or --reference||string||Path to a file containing reference structures in Vienna format (dot-bracket)|
|-g or --img||Enables generation of graphical comparison images|
|-o or --output-dir||string||Images output directory (Default: rf_compare/, requires
|-ow or --overwrite||Overwrites output directory (if the specified path already exists)|
|-x or --relaxed||Uses relaxed criteria (described in Deigan et al., 2009) to calculate PPV and sensitivity|
|-kn or --keep-noncanonical||Keeps non-canonical basepairs in reference structure|
|-kp or --keep-pseudoknots||Keeps pseudoknotted basepairs in reference structure|
|-kl or --keep-lonelypairs||Keeps lonely basepairs (helices of length 1 bp) in reference structure|
--relaxed is specified, a basepair i-j is considered as present in the reference structure if any of the following pairs exist: i/j; i-1/j; i+1/j; i/j-1; i/j+1. For additional details, please refer to Deigan et al., 2009 (PMID: 19109441)