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Old 04-25-2012
Help making simple perl or bash script to create a simple matrix

Hello all!
This is my first post and I'm very new to programming. I would like help creating a simple perl or bash script that I will be using in my work as a junior bioinformatician.

Essentially, I would like to take a tab-delimted or .csv text with 3 columns and write them to a "3D" matrix:


gene   sample   identifier
a         1        @
b         2        #
c         3,4      @
d         5        %  
d         5        *

        1         2          3         4         5

a       @        

b                 #

c                            @         @

d                                                %,*

Is this easy to do?
Thanks in advance


Last edited by torchij; 04-25-2012 at 03:06 PM..
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Old 04-25-2012
Originally Posted by torchij
Is this easy to do?
Not really, no. Smilie Is this actual input? Are there any boundaries for these rows/columns? always single letter / single number?
# 3  
Old 04-25-2012
Sorry I'm just realizing the format of my message messed up when I posted. I'm trying to put it in a table now. Or is there a quick way to add an example excel file?
# 4  
Old 04-25-2012
not sure about excel. just select the area and click "CODE"

is the input file actually an .xls? will you be needing this conversion to work with standard unix utilities right? I've already got it mocked up in awk assuming space or tab delimiters.
# 5  
Old 04-25-2012
I updated my post, it should be more clear now.
The input will be a tab-delimited text file saved from excel.
Thank you so much for replying so fast. I'm loving this community already.
# 6  
Old 04-25-2012
$ ./gene  input
gene      1         2         3         4         5
a         @
b                   #
c                             @         @
d                                                 %,*

it's an awk script.
#!/usr/bin/awk -f

# keep list of unique genes, in order
!($1 in genes_uniq) { genes_uniq[$1]; genes[gene_idx++]=$1; }

        split($2, cols, /,/)
        for (col in cols) {
                if (cols[col] > max_col) max_col=cols[col]
                matrix[$1,cols[col]] = matrix[$1,cols[col]] "," $3

        # print header
        printf("%-9s ", "gene")
        for (col = 1; col <= max_col; col++)
                printf("%-9d ", col);

        for (i = 0; i < gene_idx; i++) {
                printf("%-9s ", genes[i]);
                for (col = 1; col <= max_col; col++)
                        printf("%-9s ", substr(matrix[genes[i],col],2));

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Old 04-25-2012
I'm assuming it can be run as

$ awk -f code.awk input.txt > output.txt

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