In-class assignments

Lecture 26

Create a gist containing your code for programming assignment 2.

Lecture 22

In your IPython Notebook, write a block of code that implements a protein molecular calculator by summing the weights of the individual amino acids in a protein sequence.

Lecture 20

Write a python Hello World script

Log in to the cluster, write a program called that when run prints the text Hello World! to the terminal. You should be able to call this script from anywhere like:

Lectures 13-14

Working with a graphical ftp client

Use Cyberduck to move data files to and from the cluster. You can find instructions for connecting to AWS with Cyberduck here.

QIIME Illumina Overview tutorial

We’ll work through the QIIME Illumina overview tutorial in class. This will be related to the next homework assignment, so I encourage you to continue working on this outside of class if we don’t finish up. You can find the QIIME Illumina Overview Tutorial here.

Lectures 10-11

Today’s exercises are all to be performed in the QIIME AWS instance. You’ll get a public DNS entry to connect in class.

Writing a first shell script

Set your PATH environment variable to contain a new scripts directory under your directory. Create a new file called with nano and enter the following text:

echo "Below are contents of the directory:"
ls -al
echo "The time is currently:"

Now change the permissions on this file to give it execute permissions:

chmod u+x

This exercise is derived from Practical Computing for Biologists

Lecture 9

Today’s exercises are all to be performed in the QIIME AWS instance. You’ll get a public DNS entry to connect in class.

Using grep

Under the qiime_software directory, there is a gg_otus_4feb2011 directory, and another directory under that called rep_set which contains several fasta files. How do you perform a search with grep? How do you get grep to print the number of lines in a file rather than the lines which match a pattern? How many sequence records are in the 97, 88, and 73 variants of those files?

Using curl and grep

Download the EMP minimal mapping file, directly into your AWS instance, from here using curl - you’ll need to unzip that file with gunzip to get started. You can read about the file format here.

How do you invert a search with grep? How many lines contain information on human-associated samples? How many lines contain information on non-human-associated samples?

Lecture 5

These exercises will make use a text editor, such as TextWrangler or jEdit.

Reformat blast9 output

Start with this file

Remove header (i.e. comment) lines

Format each line to contain the subject id, the query id, the e-value, the percent identity, and the alignment length, in that order! Format as comma-separated text

Rearrange tabular data

Start with this file (source: Practical Computing for Biologists)

Lecture 4

Reformat sequence headers in a fasta file

Start with this file

Rewrite each identifier as the portion of the identifier preceding the . character, followed by an underscore, followed by the genus name.

Reformat coordinates

Start with LatLong.txt (source: Practical Computing for Biologists) Make Lat/Long pairs tab-separated on a single line Remove trailing N and E, and replace with leading + Remove trailing S and W, and replace with leading -

Lecture 3

Reformat taxa names

Start with this file

Reformat taxa names to genus abbreviation, species name, name of person who named the species separated by underscores and excluding any parenthesis.

Lecture 2

Studying genomes

Download a bacterial or archaeal genome (I suggest starting at IMG, but whatever source you’re comfortable with is fine), find a gene in that genome, and determine the function of that gene.