# man alistat (Commandes) - show statistics for a multiple alignment file

## NAME

- alistat - show statistics for a multiple alignment file

## SYNOPSIS

**alistat**
*[options]*
*alignfile*

## DESCRIPTION

**alistat**
reads a multiple sequence alignment from the file
*alignfile*
in any supported format (including SELEX, GCG MSF, and
CLUSTAL), and shows a number of simple statistics about it.
These statistics include the name of the format,
the number of sequences, the total number of residues,
the average and range of the sequence lengths, the
alignment length (e.g. including gap characters).

Also shown are some percent identities. A percent
pairwise alignment identity is defined as
*(idents / MIN(len1, len2))*
where
*idents*
is the number of exact identities
and
*len1, len2*
are the unaligned lengths of the two
sequences. The "average percent identity",
"most related pair", and "most unrelated pair"
of the alignment are the average, maximum, and
minimum of all
(N)(N-1)/2 pairs, respectively.
The "most distant seq" is calculated by finding
the maximum pairwise identity (best relative) for all N sequences,
then finding the minimum of these N numbers (hence,
the most outlying sequence).

## OPTIONS

**-a**- Show additional verbose information: a table with one line per
sequence showing name, length, and its highest and lowest pairwise
identity. These lines are prefixed with a * character to enable
easily
**grep'**ing them out and sorting them. For example,*alistat -a foo.slx | grep * | sort -n +3*gives a ranked list of the most distant sequences in the alignment. Incompatible with the**-f**option. **-f**- Fast; use a sampling method to estimate the average %id.
When this option is chosen,
**alistat**doesn't show the other three pairwise identity numbers. This option is useful for very large alignments, for which the full (N)(N-1) calculation of all pairs would be prohibitive (e.g. Pfam's GP120 alignment, with over 10,000 sequences). Incompatible with the**-a**option. **-h**- Print brief help; includes version number and summary of all options, including expert options.

## SEE ALSO

alistat getseq seqstat sreformat

## AUTHOR

This software and documentation is Copyright (C) 1992-1998 Washington University School of Medicine. It is freely distributable under terms of the GNU General Public License. See COPYING in the source code distribution for more details, or contact me.

Sean Eddy Dept. of Genetics Washington Univ. School of Medicine 4566 Scott Ave. St Louis, MO 63110 USA Phone: 1-314-362-7666 FAX : 1-314-362-7855 Email: eddy@genetics.wustl.edu