Data structures for transcriptomics

The two main data structures used for transcriptomics data analysis in the CLC Main Workbench are tracks and experiments.

The track format can be used to visualize and analyze data in the CLC Main Workbench. All information is tied to genomic positions, and a central coordinate-system is provided by a reference genome. This allows different types of data or results for different samples to be seen and analyzed together.

Experiments (see Experiments), on the other hand, are used to represent complex relationships between expression samples, and to carry out statistical analysis (see statistical analysis) of differential expression.

Tracks and experiments are intimately related, and it is possible in most cases to convert from one type to the other.