OutbreakTools implements basic tools for the analysis of Disease Outbreaks.

It defines S4 class obkData to store case-base outbreak data. It also provides a function, plotggphy, to visualize such data on the phylogenetic tree.


x <- new("obkData", individuals = individuals, dna = FluH1N1pdm2009$dna,
         dna.individualID = samples$individualID, dna.date = samples$date,
         trees = FluH1N1pdm2009$trees)

plotggphy(x, ladderize = TRUE, branch.unit = "year",
          tip.color = "location", tip.size = 3, tip.alpha = 0.75)

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ggtree can parse many software outputs and the evolution evidences inferred by these software can be used directly for tree annotation. ggtree not only works as an infrastructure that enables evolutionary data that inferred by commonly used software packages to be used in R, but also serves as a general tree visualization and annotation tool for the R community as it supports many S3/S4 objects defined by other R packages.

phyloseq for microbiome data

phyloseq class defined in the phyloseq package was designed for microbiome data. phyloseq package implemented plot_tree function using ggplot2. Although the function was implemented by ggplot2 and we can use theme, scale_color_manual etc for customization, the most valuable part of ggplot2, adding layer, is missing. plot_tree only provides limited parameters to control the output graph and it is hard to add layer unless user has expertise in both phyloseq and ggplot2.

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Guangchuang Yu

Bioinformatics Professor @ SMU

Bioinformatics Professor