New Applied Bioinformatics Findings from Chinese University of Hong Kong Outlined (ECplot: an online tool for making standardized plots from large datasets for bioinformatics publications)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Investigators publish new report on Applied Bioinformatics. According to news reporting originating in Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Motivation and results: We have implemented ECplot, an online tool for plotting charts from large datasets. This tool supports a variety of chart types commonly used in bioinformatics publications."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, "In our benchmarking, it was able to create a Box-and-Whisker plot with about 67 000 data points and 8 MB total file size within several seconds. The design of the tool makes common formatting operations easy to perform. It also allows more complex operations to be achieved by advanced XML (Extensible Markup Language) and programming options. Data and formatting styles are stored in separate files, such that style templates can be made and applied to new datasets. The text-based file formats based on XML facilitate efficient manipulation of formatting styles for a large number of data series. These file formats also provide a means to reproduce published figures from raw data, which complement parallel efforts in making the data and software involved in published analysis results accessible."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "We demonstrate this idea by using ECplot to replicate some complex figures from a previous publication."
For more information on this research see: ECplot: an online tool for making standardized plots from large datasets for bioinformatics publications. Bioinformatics, 2014;30(10):1467-1468. Bioinformatics can be contacted at: Oxford Univ Press, Great Clarendon St, Oxford OX2 6DP, England. (Oxford University Press - www.oup.com/; Bioinformatics - bioinformatics.oxfordjournals.org)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A.C.H. Fok, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dept. of Comp Sci & Engn, Shatin, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include S.S.N. Mok, S.D. Lee and K.Y. Yip (see also Applied Bioinformatics).
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Hong Kong, Applied Bioinformatics, People's Republic of China
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