How to find the best sampling depth for rarefaction (CC202)

April 7, 2022 • PD Schloss • 1 min read

One critique of rarefaction is that the sampling depth people pick is arbitrary. Is that true? In this Code Club, I’ll show you my thought process for picking the best sampling depth to use for rarefying my data by rarefaction. Along the way we’ll look at approaches to visualize the number of sequences per sample. We’ll also see how to calculate Good’s coverage to ascertain how well we have sampled our communities for a desired depth of sequencing.


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