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BANDITS: Bayesian differential splicing accounting for sample-to-sample variability and mapping uncertainty

By Simone Tiberi, Mark D Robinson

Posted 29 Aug 2019
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/750018 (published DOI: 10.1186/s13059-020-01967-8)

Alternative splicing is a biological process during gene expression that allows a single gene to code for multiple proteins. However, splicing patterns can be altered in some conditions or diseases. Here, we present BANDITS, a R/Bioconductor package to perform differential splicing, at both gene and transcript-level, based on RNA-seq data. BANDITS uses a Bayesian hierarchical structure to explicitly model the variability between samples, and treats the transcript allocation of reads as latent variables. We perform an extensive benchmark across both simulated and experimental RNA-seq datasets, where BANDITS has extremely favorable performance with respect to the competitors considered.

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