Event Detail

Event Type: 
Department Colloquium
Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 08:00
Kidder 350

Speaker Info


I will illustrate how to view fragments produced in a high-throughput sequencing experiment as points in the plane.  This collection of points forms a two-dimensional spatial Poisson process, which yields a model for random fragment coverage.  I will then show how the successive jumps of the depth coverage function can be encoded as a random tree that is approximately a Galton-Watson tree with generation-dependent offspring distributions.  Two applications of this theory will be presented: an algorithm for finding protein binding sites using ChIP-Seq data and a statistical test to address fragment bias in RNA-Seq data.

Colloquium tea precedes the talk in the Mathematics Department Lounge Kidder 368 at 3:30. All are welcome.