A program to pull out a specific list of data rows from a data file.

SYNOPSIS --data <filename> --list <filename> --out <filename>

  File options:
  -d --data <filename>          Source of all data rows or features
  -l --list <filename>          List of specific row or feature names
  -o --out <filename>           Output file, or basename for group files
  Column index options:
  -x --dindex <index>           Data column index of row name to lookup
  -X --lindex <index>           List column index of row name to lookup
  -g --gindex <index>           Group column index for lookup
  Output options:
  -r --order [list | data]      Order of items in output based on
  -U --sum                      Generate a summary file
  --sumonly                     Skip output, just make a summary file
  --start <integer>             First data column to make a summary file
  --stopi <integer>             Last data column to make a summary file
  --log                         Summarized data is in log2 space
  General options:
  -v --version                  print version and exit
  -h --help                     show full documentation


The command line flags and descriptions:

File options


Specify a tab-delimited text file as the data source file. One of the columns in the input file should contain the identifiers to be used in the lookup. The file may be gzipped.


Specify the name of a text file containing the list of feature names or identifiers to pull. The file may be a single column or tab-delimited multi-column file with column headers. A .kgg file from a Cluster k-means analysis may be used.


Specify the output file name.

Column index options

--dindex <integer>
--lindex <integer>

Specify the index numbers of the columns in the data and list files, respectively, containing the identifiers to match features. If not specified, then the program will attempt to identify appropriate matching columns with the same header name. If none are specified, the user must select interactively from a list of available column names.

--gindex <integer>

Specify the group column from the list file. This allows the data file to be split into multiple output group files. A column named 'group' will automatically be identified. A .kgg file will automatically use the Cluster column as the group index.

Output options

--order [list | data]

Optionally specify the order of features in the output file. Two options are available. Specify 'list' to match the order of features in the list file. Or specify 'data' to match the order of features in the data file. The default is list.


Indicate that the pulled data should be averaged across all features at each position, suitable for graphing. A separate text file with '_summed' appended to the filename will be written.


Indicate that only a summary file should be written, and that the pulled data file should be skipped. Useful if you're just after the summary for graphing purposes.

--starti <integer>

When re-summarizing the pulled data, indicate the start column index that begins the range of datasets to summarize. Defaults to the leftmost column without a standard feature description name.

--stopi <integer>

When re-summarizing the pulled data, indicate the stop column index the ends the range of datasets to summarize. Defaults to the last or rightmost column.


The data is in log2 space. Only necessary when re-summarizing the pulled data.

General options


Print the version number.


Display this POD documentation.


Given a list of requested unique feature identifiers, this program will pull out those features (rows) from a datafile and write a new file. This program compares in function to a popular spreadsheet VLOOKUP command. The list is provided as a separate text file, either as a single column file or a multi-column tab-delimited from which one column is selected. All rows from the source data file that match an identifier in the list will be written to the new file. The order of the features in the output file may match either the list file or the data file.

If the list file has a second group column, then the rows for each group will be written to separate files, with the output file name appended with the group identifier. Use the gindex option to specify the group column.

The program will also accept a Cluster gene file (with .kgg extension) as a list file with group information, where the clusters are the groups.

The program will optionally regenerate a summed data file, in which values in the specified data columns are averaged and written out as rows in a separate data file. Compare this function to the summary option in the biotoolbox scripts or


 Timothy J. Parnell, PhD
 Howard Hughes Medical Institute
 Dept of Oncological Sciences
 Huntsman Cancer Institute
 University of Utah
 Salt Lake City, UT, 84112

This package is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the Artistic License 2.0.