=head1 NAME

Bio::DB::GFF::Util::Binning - binning utility for Bio::DB::GFF index


 use Bio::DB::GFF::Util::Binning qw(bin bin_bot bin_top);
 my $tier = bin($start,$stop,$min);


This is a utility module that exports the functions bin(), bin_bot()
and bin_top().  These functions translate a range on the genome into a
named bin that is used as an index in the Bio::DB::GFF schema.  The
index makes certain range retrieval queries much faster.

=head1 API

The remainder of the document describes the function calls.  No calls
are exported by default, but must be imported explicitly.

=over 4


package Bio::DB::GFF::Util::Binning;
$Bio::DB::GFF::Util::Binning::VERSION = '1.7.7';
use strict;
require Exporter;
use vars qw(@EXPORT @EXPORT_OK);
use base qw(Exporter);
@EXPORT_OK = qw(bin bin_bot bin_top);

=item $bin_name = bin($start,$stop,$bin_size)

Given a start, stop and bin size on the genome, translate this
location into a bin name.  In a list context, returns the bin tier
name and the position that the bin begins.


sub bin {
  my ($start,$stop,$min) = @_;
  $start = abs($start);  # to allow negative coordinates
  $stop  = abs($stop);
  my $tier = $min;
  my ($bin_start,$bin_end);
  while (1) {
    $bin_start = int $start/$tier;
    $bin_end   = int $stop/$tier;
    last if $bin_start == $bin_end;
    $tier *= 10;
  return wantarray ? ($tier,$bin_start) : bin_name($tier,$bin_start);

=item $bottom = bin_bot($tier,$start)

Given a tier name and a range start position, returns the lower end of
the bin range.


sub bin_bot {
  my $tier = shift;
  my $pos  = shift;

=item $top = bin_top($tier,$end)

Given a tier name and the end of a range, returns the upper end of the
bin range.


sub bin_top {
  my $tier = shift;
  my $pos  = shift;
  bin_name($tier,int(abs($pos)/$tier));  #  bin_name($tier,int($pos/$tier),+1);

sub bin_name {
  my ($tier, $int, $fudge) = @_;
  my $pos = abs($int) + ($fudge || 0);
  $pos    = 0 if $pos < 0;
  sprintf("%d.%06d",$tier, $pos);

sub log10 {
  my $i = shift;



=head1 BUGS

None known yet.

=head1 SEE ALSO


=head1 AUTHOR

Lincoln Stein E<lt>lstein@cshl.orgE<gt>.

Copyright (c) 2001 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the same terms as Perl itself.