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Clustering Algorithms for Bioconductor

Bioconductor version: Development (3.19)

Wraps common clustering algorithms in an easily extended S4 framework. Backends are implemented for hierarchical, k-means and graph-based clustering. Several utilities are also provided to compare and evaluate clustering results.

Author: Aaron Lun [aut, cre], Stephanie Hicks [ctb], Basil Courbayre [ctb], Tuomas Borman [ctb], Leo Lahti [ctb]

Maintainer: Aaron Lun <infinite.monkeys.with.keyboards at gmail.com>

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1. Clustering algorithms HTML R Script
2. Clustering diagnostics HTML R Script
Reference Manual PDF


biocViews Clustering, GeneExpression, ImmunoOncology, SingleCell, Software, Transcriptomics
Version 1.13.0
In Bioconductor since BioC 3.12 (R-4.0) (3.5 years)
License GPL-3
Imports stats, methods, utils, cluster, Matrix, Rcpp, igraph, S4Vectors, BiocParallel, BiocNeighbors
System Requirements C++11
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Suggests knitr, rmarkdown, testthat, BiocStyle, dynamicTreeCut, scRNAseq, scuttle, scater, scran, pheatmap, viridis, mbkmeans, kohonen, apcluster, DirichletMultinomial, vegan, fastcluster
Linking To Rcpp
Depends On Me OSCA.basic, OSCA.intro, OSCA.multisample, OSCA.workflows, SingleRBook
Imports Me mia, scDblFinder, scran, Voyager
Suggests Me batchelor, ChromSCape, concordexR, dittoSeq, mbkmeans, miaViz, MOSim, mumosa
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