(August 2011): EIGENSOFT version 4.2 is now available for download. The EIGENSOFT package combines functionality from our population genetics methods (Patterson et al. 2006) and our EIGENSTRAT stratification correction method (Price et al. 2006). The EIGENSTRAT method uses principal components analysis to explicitly model ancestry differences between cases and controls along continuous axes of variation; the resulting correction is specific to a candidate marker’s variation in frequency across ancestral populations, minimizing spurious associations while maximizing power to detect true associations. The EIGENSOFT package has a built-in plotting script and supports multiple file formats and quantitative phenotypes.
Source code, documentation and executables for using EIGENSOFT 4.2 on a Linux platform can be downloaded here. New features of EIGENSOFT 4.2 include support for multi-threading for reduced run time, support for variable number of chromosomes for non-human data sets, and various other features such as H-W filter, excluding regions from analysis, reordering SNPs or individuals, and processing phased data.
The EIGENSOFT FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) is available here. For further questions about the EIGENSOFT software, please write to Samuela Pollack (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SOFTWARE REGISTRATION: we encourage EIGENSOFT users to register here.Registration is voluntary, but will allow us to send information about software updates.
(March 2011): HAPMIX version 1.2 can be downloaded here. Improvements to version 1.2 include an explicit check for discordance between admixed and reference population allele frequencies, and a script to interpolate estimates of local ancestry to a superset of SNPs. HAPMIX is an application for accurately inferring chromosomal segments of distinct continental ancestry in admixed populations, using dense genetic data.For details, see the HAPMIX paper (Price et al. 2009).
(July 2012): MIXSCORE version 1.3 can be downloaded here. MIXSCORE is a method for combining SNP association and admixture association statistics to increase power in GWAS in admixed populations. For details, see the MIXSCORE paper (Pasaniuc et al. 2011 PLoS Genet, “Enhanced statistical tests for GWAS in admixed populations: assessment using African Americans from CARe and a breast cancer consortium”).
NEW! (July 2012): LTSOFT version 1.3 can be downloaded here. LTSOFT has been extended in version 1.3 to allow the inclusion of non-orthogonal fixed effects. Previous versions only allow orthogonal principal components as fixed effects. LTSOFT is a software suite designed to more powerfully leverage clinical-covariates such as age, bmi, smoking status, and gender as well as genetic-covariates such as known associated variants when conducting case-control association studies. Including these covariates in standard regression models is not only suboptimal, but can in many instances reduce power. LTSOFT employs a liability threshold model approach that takes advantage of known epidemiological results to better model the covariates’ relationship to the phenotype of interest (Zaitlen et al. 2012 submitted and Zaitlen et al. 2012 Bioinformatics).
(April 2012): TreeSelect version 1.1 can be downloaded here. TreeSelect is a software package for inferring natural selection from unusual population differentiation between closely related populations. For details, see our Africa selection paper (Bhatia et al. 2011 AJHG, “Genome-wide comparison of African-ancestry populations from CARe and other cohorts reveals signals of natural selection.”)
GENE EXPRESSION HERITABILITY
(January 2011): Source code and gene-by-gene results from our gene expression heritability paper “Single-tissue and cross-tissue heritability of gene expression via identity-by-descent in related or unrelated individuals” (Price et al. 2011) can be downloaded here.
NEW! (December 2012): SNPweights version 1.0 can be downloaded here. SNPweights is a software package for inferring genome-wide genetic ancestry using SNP weights precomputed from large external reference panels (Chen et al. submitted). SNP weights for European and West African ancestral populations can be downloaded here. SNP weights for European, West African and East Asian ancestral populations can be downloaded here. SNP weights for NW, SE and AJ ancestral populations of European Americans can be downloaded here.