UnifiedGenotyper

Call SNPs and indels on a per-locus basis

Category Variant Discovery Tools

Traversal LocusWalker

PartitionBy LOCUS


Overview

This tool uses a Bayesian genotype likelihood model to estimate simultaneously the most likely genotypes and allele frequency in a population of N samples, emitting a genotype for each sample. The system can either emit just the variant sites or complete genotypes (which includes homozygous reference calls) satisfying some phred-scaled confidence value.

Input

The read data from which to make variant calls.

Output

A raw, unfiltered, highly sensitive callset in VCF format.

Usage examples

Multi-sample SNP calling

 java -jar GenomeAnalysisTK.jar \
   -T UnifiedGenotyper \
   -R reference.fasta \
   -I sample1.bam [-I sample2.bam ...] \
   --dbsnp dbSNP.vcf \
   -o snps.raw.vcf \
   -stand_call_conf [50.0] \
   [-L targets.interval_list]
 

Generate calls at all sites

 java -jar GenomeAnalysisTK.jar \
   -T UnifiedGenotyper \
   -R reference.fasta \
   -I input.bam \
   -o raw_variants.vcf \
   --output_mode EMIT_ALL_SITES
 

Caveats

  • The caller can be very aggressive in calling variants in order to be very sensitive, so the raw output will contain many false positives. We use extensive post-calling filters to eliminate most of these FPs. See the documentation on filtering (especially by Variant Quality Score Recalibration) for more details.
  • This tool has been deprecated in favor of HaplotypeCaller, a much more sophisticated variant caller that produces much better calls, especially on indels, and includes features that allow it to scale to much larger cohort sizes.

Special note on ploidy

This tool is able to handle almost any ploidy (except very high ploidies in large pooled experiments); the ploidy can be specified using the -ploidy argument for non-diploid organisms.


Additional Information

Read filters

These Read Filters are automatically applied to the data by the Engine before processing by UnifiedGenotyper.

Parallelism options

This tool can be run in multi-threaded mode using these options.

Downsampling settings

This tool applies the following downsampling settings by default.

  • Mode: BY_SAMPLE
  • To coverage: 250

Window size

This tool uses a sliding window on the reference.

  • Window start: -200 bp before the locus
  • Window stop: 200 bp after the locus

Command-line Arguments

Engine arguments

All tools inherit arguments from the GATK Engine' "CommandLineGATK" argument collection, which can be used to modify various aspects of the tool's function. For example, the -L argument directs the GATK engine to restrict processing to specific genomic intervals; or the -rf argument allows you to apply certain read filters to exclude some of the data from the analysis.

UnifiedGenotyper specific arguments

This table summarizes the command-line arguments that are specific to this tool. For more details on each argument, see the list further down below the table or click on an argument name to jump directly to that entry in the list.

Argument name(s) Default value Summary
Optional Inputs
--alleles
none Set of alleles to use in genotyping
--comp
[] Comparison VCF file
--dbsnp
 -D
none dbSNP file
Optional Outputs
--out
 -o
stdout File to which variants should be written
Optional Parameters
--annotation
 -A
[] One or more specific annotations to apply to variant calls
--contamination_fraction_to_filter
 -contamination
0.0 Fraction of contamination to aggressively remove
--excludeAnnotation
 -XA
[] One or more specific annotations to exclude
--genotype_likelihoods_model
 -glm
SNP Genotype likelihoods calculation model to employ -- SNP is the default option, while INDEL is also available for calling indels and BOTH is available for calling both together
--genotyping_mode
 -gt_mode
DISCOVERY Specifies how to determine the alternate alleles to use for genotyping
--group
 -G
[Standard, StandardUG] One or more classes/groups of annotations to apply to variant calls. The single value 'none' removes the default group
--heterozygosity
 -hets
0.001 Heterozygosity value used to compute prior likelihoods for any locus
--heterozygosity_stdev
 -heterozygosityStandardDeviation
0.01 Standard deviation of eterozygosity for SNP and indel calling.
--indel_heterozygosity
 -indelHeterozygosity
1.25E-4 Heterozygosity for indel calling
--max_deletion_fraction
 -deletions
0.05 Maximum fraction of reads with deletions spanning this locus for it to be callable
--min_base_quality_score
 -mbq
17 Minimum base quality required to consider a base for calling
--min_indel_count_for_genotyping
 -minIndelCnt
5 Minimum number of consensus indels required to trigger genotyping run
--min_indel_fraction_per_sample
 -minIndelFrac
0.25 Minimum fraction of all reads at a locus that must contain an indel (of any allele) for that sample to contribute to the indel count for alleles
--pair_hmm_implementation
 -pairHMM
LOGLESS_CACHING The PairHMM implementation to use for -glm INDEL genotype likelihood calculations
--pcr_error_rate
 -pcr_error
1.0E-4 The PCR error rate to be used for computing fragment-based likelihoods
--sample_ploidy
 -ploidy
2 Ploidy per sample. For pooled data, set to (Number of samples in each pool * Sample Ploidy).
--standard_min_confidence_threshold_for_calling
 -stand_call_conf
10.0 The minimum phred-scaled confidence threshold at which variants should be called
Optional Flags
--annotateNDA
 -nda
false Annotate number of alleles observed
--computeSLOD
 -slod
false If provided, we will calculate the SLOD (SB annotation)
--useNewAFCalculator
 -newQual
false Use new AF model instead of the so-called exact model
Advanced Parameters
--contamination_fraction_per_sample_file
 -contaminationFile
NA Contamination per sample
--indelGapContinuationPenalty
 -indelGCP
10 Indel gap continuation penalty, as Phred-scaled probability. I.e., 30 => 10^-30/10
--indelGapOpenPenalty
 -indelGOP
45 Indel gap open penalty, as Phred-scaled probability. I.e., 30 => 10^-30/10
--input_prior
 -inputPrior
[] Input prior for calls
--max_alternate_alleles
 -maxAltAlleles
6 Maximum number of alternate alleles to genotype
--max_genotype_count
 -maxGT
1024 Maximum number of genotypes to consider at any site
--max_num_PL_values
 -maxNumPLValues
100 Maximum number of PL values to output
--onlyEmitSamples
[] If provided, only these samples will be emitted into the VCF, regardless of which samples are present in the BAM file
--output_mode
 -out_mode
EMIT_VARIANTS_ONLY Which type of calls we should output
Advanced Flags
--allSitePLs
false Annotate all sites with PLs

Argument details

Arguments in this list are specific to this tool. Keep in mind that other arguments are available that are shared with other tools (e.g. command-line GATK arguments); see Inherited arguments above.


--alleles / -alleles

Set of alleles to use in genotyping
When --genotyping_mode is set to GENOTYPE_GIVEN_ALLELES mode, the caller will genotype the samples using only the alleles provide in this callset. Note that this is not well tested in HaplotypeCaller, and is definitely not suitable for use with HaplotypeCaller in -ERC GVCF mode. In addition, it does not apply to MuTect2 at all.

This argument supports reference-ordered data (ROD) files in the following formats: BCF2, VCF, VCF3

RodBinding[VariantContext]  none


--allSitePLs / -allSitePLs

Annotate all sites with PLs
Experimental argument FOR USE WITH UnifiedGenotyper ONLY: if SNP likelihood model is specified, and if EMIT_ALL_SITES output mode is set, when we set this argument then we will also emit PLs at all sites. This will give a measure of reference confidence and a measure of which alt alleles are more plausible (if any). WARNINGS: - This feature will inflate VCF file size considerably. - All SNP ALT alleles will be emitted with corresponding 10 PL values. - An error will be emitted if EMIT_ALL_SITES is not set, or if anything other than diploid SNP model is used - THIS WILL NOT WORK WITH HaplotypeCaller, GenotypeGVCFs or MuTect2! Use HaplotypeCaller with -ERC GVCF then GenotypeGVCFs instead. See the Best Practices documentation for more information.

boolean  false


--annotateNDA / -nda

Annotate number of alleles observed
Depending on the value of the --max_alternate_alleles argument, we may genotype only a fraction of the alleles being sent on for genotyping. Using this argument instructs the genotyper to annotate (in the INFO field) the number of alternate alleles that were originally discovered (but not necessarily genotyped) at the site.

boolean  false


--annotation / -A

One or more specific annotations to apply to variant calls
Which annotations to add to the output VCF file. See the VariantAnnotator -list argument to view available annotations.

List[String]  []


--comp / -comp

Comparison VCF file
If a call overlaps with a record from the provided comp track, the INFO field will be annotated as such in the output with the track name (e.g. -comp:FOO will have 'FOO' in the INFO field). Records that are filtered in the comp track will be ignored. Note that 'dbSNP' has been special-cased (see the --dbsnp argument).

This argument supports reference-ordered data (ROD) files in the following formats: BCF2, VCF, VCF3

List[RodBinding[VariantContext]]  []


--computeSLOD / -slod

If provided, we will calculate the SLOD (SB annotation)
Note that calculating the SLOD increases the runtime by an appreciable amount.

boolean  false


--contamination_fraction_per_sample_file / -contaminationFile

Contamination per sample
This argument specifies a file with two columns "sample" and "contamination" (separated by a tab) specifying the contamination level for those samples (where contamination is given as a decimal number, not an integer) per line. There should be no header. Samples that do not appear in this file will be processed with CONTAMINATION_FRACTION.

File  NA


--contamination_fraction_to_filter / -contamination

Fraction of contamination to aggressively remove
If this fraction is greater is than zero, the caller will aggressively attempt to remove contamination through biased down-sampling of reads (for all samples). Basically, it will ignore the contamination fraction of reads for each alternate allele. So if the pileup contains N total bases, then we will try to remove (N * contamination fraction) bases for each alternate allele.

double  0.0  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--dbsnp / -D

dbSNP file
rsIDs from this file are used to populate the ID column of the output. Also, the DB INFO flag will be set when appropriate. dbSNP is not used in any way for the calculations themselves.

This argument supports reference-ordered data (ROD) files in the following formats: BCF2, VCF, VCF3

RodBinding[VariantContext]  none


--excludeAnnotation / -XA

One or more specific annotations to exclude
Which annotations to exclude from output in the VCF file. Note that this argument has higher priority than the -A or -G arguments, so annotations will be excluded even if they are explicitly included with the other options.

List[String]  []


--genotype_likelihoods_model / -glm

Genotype likelihoods calculation model to employ -- SNP is the default option, while INDEL is also available for calling indels and BOTH is available for calling both together

The --genotype_likelihoods_model argument is an enumerated type (Model), which can have one of the following values:

SNP
INDEL
GENERALPLOIDYSNP
GENERALPLOIDYINDEL
BOTH

Model  SNP


--genotyping_mode / -gt_mode

Specifies how to determine the alternate alleles to use for genotyping

The --genotyping_mode argument is an enumerated type (GenotypingOutputMode), which can have one of the following values:

DISCOVERY
The genotyper will choose the most likely alternate allele
GENOTYPE_GIVEN_ALLELES
Only the alleles passed by the user should be considered.

GenotypingOutputMode  DISCOVERY


--group / -G

One or more classes/groups of annotations to apply to variant calls. The single value 'none' removes the default group
If specified, all available annotations in the group will be applied. See the VariantAnnotator -list argument to view available groups. Keep in mind that RODRequiringAnnotations are not intended to be used as a group, because they require specific ROD inputs.

String[]  [Standard, StandardUG]


--heterozygosity / -hets

Heterozygosity value used to compute prior likelihoods for any locus
The expected heterozygosity value used to compute prior probability that a locus is non-reference. See https://software.broadinstitute.org/gatk/documentation/article?id=8603 for more details.

Double  0.001  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--heterozygosity_stdev / -heterozygosityStandardDeviation

Standard deviation of eterozygosity for SNP and indel calling.
The standard deviation of the distribution of alt allele fractions. The above heterozygosity parameters give the *mean* of this distribution; this parameter gives its spread.

double  0.01  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--indel_heterozygosity / -indelHeterozygosity

Heterozygosity for indel calling
This argument informs the prior probability of having an indel at a site.

double  1.25E-4  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--indelGapContinuationPenalty / -indelGCP

Indel gap continuation penalty, as Phred-scaled probability. I.e., 30 => 10^-30/10

byte  10  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--indelGapOpenPenalty / -indelGOP

Indel gap open penalty, as Phred-scaled probability. I.e., 30 => 10^-30/10

byte  45  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--input_prior / -inputPrior

Input prior for calls
By default, the prior specified with the argument --heterozygosity/-hets is used for variant discovery at a particular locus, using an infinite sites model (see e.g. Waterson, 1975 or Tajima, 1996). This model asserts that the probability of having a population of k variant sites in N chromosomes is proportional to theta/k, for 1=1:N. However, there are instances where using this prior might not be desirable, e.g. for population studies where prior might not be appropriate, as for example when the ancestral status of the reference allele is not known. This argument allows you to manually specify a list of probabilities for each AC>1 to be used as priors for genotyping, with the following restrictions: only diploid calls are supported; you must specify 2 * N values where N is the number of samples; probability values must be positive and specified in Double format, in linear space (not log10 space nor Phred-scale); and all values must sume to 1. For completely flat priors, specify the same value (=1/(2*N+1)) 2*N times, e.g. -inputPrior 0.33 -inputPrior 0.33 for the single-sample diploid case.

List[Double]  []


--max_alternate_alleles / -maxAltAlleles

Maximum number of alternate alleles to genotype
If there are more than this number of alternate alleles presented to the genotyper (either through discovery or GENOTYPE_GIVEN_ALLELES), then only this many alleles will be used. Note that genotyping sites with many alternate alleles is both CPU and memory intensive and it scales exponentially based on the number of alternate alleles. Unless there is a good reason to change the default value, we highly recommend that you not play around with this parameter. See also {@link #MAX_GENOTYPE_COUNT}.

int  6  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--max_deletion_fraction / -deletions

Maximum fraction of reads with deletions spanning this locus for it to be callable
If the fraction of reads with deletions spanning a locus is greater than this value, the site will not be considered callable and will be skipped. To disable the use of this parameter, set its value to >1.

Double  0.05  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--max_genotype_count / -maxGT

Maximum number of genotypes to consider at any site
If there are more than this number of genotypes at a locus presented to the genotyper, then only this many genotypes will be used. This is intended to deal with sites where the combination of high ploidy and high alt allele count can lead to an explosion in the number of possible genotypes, with extreme adverse effects on runtime performance. How does it work? The possible genotypes are simply different ways of partitioning alleles given a specific ploidy assumption. Therefore, we remove genotypes from consideration by removing alternate alleles that are the least well supported. The estimate of allele support is based on the ranking of the candidate haplotypes coming out of the graph building step. Note however that the reference allele is always kept. The maximum number of alternative alleles used in the genotyping step will be the lesser of the two: 1. the largest number of alt alleles, given ploidy, that yields a genotype count no higher than {@link #MAX_GENOTYPE_COUNT} 2. the value of {@link #MAX_ALTERNATE_ALLELES} As noted above, genotyping sites with large genotype counts is both CPU and memory intensive. Unless you have a good reason to change the default value, we highly recommend that you not play around with this parameter. See also {@link #MAX_ALTERNATE_ALLELES}.

int  1024  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--max_num_PL_values / -maxNumPLValues

Maximum number of PL values to output
Determines the maximum number of PL values that will be logged in the output. If the number of genotypes (which is determined by the ploidy and the number of alleles) exceeds the value provided by this argument, then output of all of the PL values will be suppressed.

int  100  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--min_base_quality_score / -mbq

Minimum base quality required to consider a base for calling
The minimum confidence needed in a given base for it to be used in variant calling. Note that the base quality of a base is capped by the mapping quality so that bases on reads with low mapping quality may get filtered out depending on this value. Note too that this argument is ignored in indel calling. In indel calling, low-quality ends of reads are clipped off (with fixed threshold of Q20).

int  17  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--min_indel_count_for_genotyping / -minIndelCnt

Minimum number of consensus indels required to trigger genotyping run
A candidate indel is genotyped (and potentially called) if there are this number of reads with a consensus indel at a site. Decreasing this value will increase sensitivity but at the cost of larger calling time and a larger number of false positives.

int  5  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--min_indel_fraction_per_sample / -minIndelFrac

Minimum fraction of all reads at a locus that must contain an indel (of any allele) for that sample to contribute to the indel count for alleles
Complementary argument to minIndelCnt. Only samples with at least this fraction of indel-containing reads will contribute to counting and overcoming the threshold minIndelCnt. This parameter ensures that in deep data you don't end up summing lots of super rare errors up to overcome the 5 read default threshold. Should work equally well for low-coverage and high-coverage samples, as low coverage samples with any indel containing reads should easily over come this threshold.

double  0.25  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--onlyEmitSamples / -onlyEmitSamples

If provided, only these samples will be emitted into the VCF, regardless of which samples are present in the BAM file

Set[String]  []


--out / -o

File to which variants should be written
A raw, unfiltered, highly sensitive callset in VCF format.

VariantContextWriter  stdout


--output_mode / -out_mode

Which type of calls we should output
Experimental argument FOR USE WITH UnifiedGenotyper ONLY. When using HaplotypeCaller, use -ERC instead. When using GenotypeGVCFs, see -allSites.

The --output_mode argument is an enumerated type (OutputMode), which can have one of the following values:

EMIT_VARIANTS_ONLY
produces calls only at variant sites
EMIT_ALL_CONFIDENT_SITES
produces calls at variant sites and confident reference sites
EMIT_ALL_SITES
produces calls at any callable site regardless of confidence; this argument is intended only for point mutations (SNPs) in DISCOVERY mode or generally when running in GENOTYPE_GIVEN_ALLELES mode; it will by no means produce a comprehensive set of indels in DISCOVERY mode

OutputMode  EMIT_VARIANTS_ONLY


--pair_hmm_implementation / -pairHMM

The PairHMM implementation to use for -glm INDEL genotype likelihood calculations
The PairHMM implementation to use for -glm INDEL genotype likelihood calculations. The various implementations balance a tradeoff of accuracy and runtime.

The --pair_hmm_implementation argument is an enumerated type (HMM_IMPLEMENTATION), which can have one of the following values:

EXACT
ORIGINAL
LOGLESS_CACHING
VECTOR_LOGLESS_CACHING
DEBUG_VECTOR_LOGLESS_CACHING
ARRAY_LOGLESS

HMM_IMPLEMENTATION  LOGLESS_CACHING


--pcr_error_rate / -pcr_error

The PCR error rate to be used for computing fragment-based likelihoods
The PCR error rate is independent of the sequencing error rate, which is necessary because we cannot necessarily distinguish between PCR errors vs. sequencing errors. The practical implication for this value is that it effectively acts as a cap on the base qualities.

Double  1.0E-4  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--sample_ploidy / -ploidy

Ploidy per sample. For pooled data, set to (Number of samples in each pool * Sample Ploidy).
Sample ploidy - equivalent to number of chromosome copies per pool. For pooled experiments this should be set to the number of samples in pool multiplied by individual sample ploidy.

int  2  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--standard_min_confidence_threshold_for_calling / -stand_call_conf

The minimum phred-scaled confidence threshold at which variants should be called
The minimum phred-scaled Qscore threshold to separate high confidence from low confidence calls. Only genotypes with confidence >= this threshold are emitted as called sites. A reasonable threshold is 30 for high-pass calling (this is the default).

double  10.0  [ [ -∞  ∞ ] ]


--useNewAFCalculator / -newQual

Use new AF model instead of the so-called exact model
This activates a model for calculating QUAL that was introduced in version 3.7 (November 2016). We expect this model will become the default in future versions.

boolean  false


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