skbio.diversity.beta.unweighted_unifrac#
- skbio.diversity.beta.unweighted_unifrac(u_counts, v_counts, taxa=None, tree=None, validate=True, otu_ids=None)[source]#
Compute unweighted UniFrac.
- Parameters:
- u_counts, v_counts: list, np.array
Vectors of counts/abundances of taxa for two samples. Must be equal length.
- taxalist, np.array
Vector of taxon IDs corresponding to tip names in
tree
. Must be the same length asu_counts
andv_counts
. Required.- treeskbio.TreeNode
Tree relating taxa. The set of tip names in the tree can be a superset of
taxa
, but not a subset. Required.- validate: bool, optional
If
False
, validation of the input won’t be performed. This step can be slow, so if validation is run elsewhere it can be disabled here. However, invalid input data can lead to invalid results or error messages that are hard to interpret, so this step should not be bypassed if you’re not certain that your input data are valid. Seeskbio.diversity
for the description of what validation entails so you can determine if you can safely disable validation.- otu_idslist, np.array
Alias of
taxa
for backward compatibility. Deprecated and to be removed in a future release.
- Returns:
- float
The unweighted UniFrac distance between the two samples.
- Raises:
- ValueError, MissingNodeError, DuplicateNodeError
If validation fails. Exact error will depend on what was invalid.
Notes
Unweighted UniFrac was originally described in [1]. A discussion of unweighted (qualitative) versus weighted (quantitative) diversity metrics is presented in [2]. Deeper mathematical discussions of this metric is presented in [3].
If computing unweighted UniFrac for multiple pairs of samples, using
skbio.diversity.beta_diversity
will be much faster than calling this function individually on each sample.This implementation differs from that in PyCogent (and therefore QIIME versions less than 2.0.0) by imposing a few additional restrictions on the inputs. First, the input tree must be rooted. In PyCogent, if an unrooted tree was provided that had a single trifurcating node (a newick convention for unrooted trees) that node was considered the root of the tree. Next, all taxa must be tips in the tree. PyCogent would silently ignore taxa that were not present the tree. To reproduce UniFrac results from PyCogent with scikit-bio, ensure that your PyCogent UniFrac calculations are performed on a rooted tree and that all taxa are present in the tree.
This implementation of unweighted UniFrac is the array-based implementation described in [4].
If using large number of samples or a large tree, we advise using the optimized UniFrac library [5].
References
[1]Lozupone, C. & Knight, R. UniFrac: a new phylogenetic method for comparing microbial communities. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 71, 8228-8235 (2005).
[2]Lozupone, C. A., Hamady, M., Kelley, S. T. & Knight, R. Quantitative and qualitative beta diversity measures lead to different insights into factors that structure microbial communities. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73, 1576-1585 (2007).
[3]Lozupone, C., Lladser, M. E., Knights, D., Stombaugh, J. & Knight, R. UniFrac: an effective distance metric for microbial community comparison. ISME J. 5, 169-172 (2011).
[4]Hamady M, Lozupone C, Knight R. Fast UniFrac: facilitating high- throughput phylogenetic analyses of microbial communities including analysis of pyrosequencing and PhyloChip data. ISME J. 4(1):17-27 (2010).
Examples
Assume we have the following abundance data for two samples,
u
andv
, represented as a pair of counts vectors. These counts represent the number of times specific Operational Taxonomic Units, or taxa, were observed in each of the samples.>>> u_counts = [1, 0, 0, 4, 1, 2, 3, 0] >>> v_counts = [0, 1, 1, 6, 0, 1, 0, 0]
Because UniFrac is a phylogenetic diversity metric, we need to know which taxon each count corresponds to, which we’ll provide as
taxa
.>>> taxa = ['U1', 'U2', 'U3', 'U4', 'U5', 'U6', 'U7', 'U8']
We also need a phylogenetic tree that relates the taxa to one another.
>>> from io import StringIO >>> from skbio import TreeNode >>> tree = TreeNode.read(StringIO( ... '(((((U1:0.5,U2:0.5):0.5,U3:1.0):1.0):0.0,' ... '(U4:0.75,(U5:0.5,((U6:0.33,U7:0.62):0.5' ... ',U8:0.5):0.5):0.5):1.25):0.0)root;'))
We can then compute the unweighted UniFrac distance between the samples.
>>> from skbio.diversity.beta import unweighted_unifrac >>> uu = unweighted_unifrac(u_counts, v_counts, taxa, tree) >>> print(round(uu, 2)) 0.37