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140127 Performance Metrics WG


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140127 Performance Metrics WG

  1. 1. Workgroup 4 Meeting Report Group leader: Deanna M. Church Co-leader: Melissa Landrum Meeting date: Jan 27- Jan 28 Location: Stanford University Executive Summary Workgroup 4 is tasked with defining how users in the community interact with and use the GIAB data. During the course of the two-day meeting we focused on aspects of the user interface that need to be addressed. These topics include defining the target audience, understanding how these various user groups will interface with the tools and integrating with visualization tools, such as the GeT-RM browser. The goal of this workgroup is to produce a specification document by the end of February 2014. Detailed description Defining the target audience It is anticipated that a wide variety of users will want to interact with this data. A prioritized list of users was proposed: 1. Regulators (FDA) 2. Accreditors (CLIA/CAP) 3. Clinical Labs 4. Platform Developers Tool Development There were four aspects of tools development that were discussed and need to be addressed in the specification document. 1. Software development and licensing Francisco de la Vega presented very nice software for comparing VCF files that was developed by Real Time Genomics. While the software is freely available it is not open source; this lead to a discussion of source code availability and licensing. The workgroup unanimously agreed that software should be open source. There was less clarity on the licensing requirements but Nils Homer volunteered to research license types and make recommendations in this area.
  2. 2. 2. Software interface There was also unanimous agreement that software used to compare user variant calls to GIAB datasets would need to be accessible via a web interface and an API. 3. Inputs and outputs The input and output formats need to be well defined in the specification document. It is likely we will need some translation tools to help support the web interface though, as many users of this interface may have difficulty producing well-formatted VCF files. NCBI is building a suite of tools to handle this problem. 4. Development cycles We are likely better off getting tools out to the community sooner rather than later so we can get feedback from the community. This means we may need to be prepared to throw away early versions of software if they don’t fully meet our needs (which will be better defined as we get feedback from the user community) 5. User feedback It is critical to provide a mechanism to allow users to provide feedback on the utility of the tool. Data Analysis Much of the discussion focused on data analysis. For some aspects of analysis, there was strong agreement: Users need to be able to provide a BED file of the regions analyzed so that they are not overly penalized with false negative calls in regions of the genome they did not analyze. Analysis needs to be performed at various levels depending on the users needs. For example, some users will only want to score variant calling, others will want to score genotype calls and others may want to score phasing. It is likely we will need to support >1 ‘Truth set’ though a reasonable default will need to be chosen. o It is critical to allow a mechanism that allows users to provide feedback concerning problems or errors with the ‘Truth set’ We need to have crisp definitions of comparison terms, so that as different developers begin developing software we can all communicate using the same terms. We will need to support different analysis for different variant types. o We will need to support all variant types defined in the truth set. This means no SV/CNVs in phase 1. o We will not likely have the same level of support for complex variants as we do for substitution variants. We need clear definitions for defining sensitivity and specificity calculations.
  3. 3. We need to provide users with concise summaries, but we also need to provide very detailed analysis files as well. Ideally the software will produce files suitable for import into the GeT-RM browser to facilitate manual review of the data. There was a great deal of discussion about the best way to deal with complex variants. While it is clear that there is no standard approach to dealing with complex variant comparison, and that it is a very difficult problem there was no strong consensus about how important it was for this to be handled robustly in phase 1 of implementing this software. This will need to be addressed more fully in the requirements document.