Import the epiScanpy API as:
import episcanpy.api as epi import anndata as ad
The first step is to build the count matrix. Because single-cell epigenomic data types have different characteristics (count data in ATAC-seq versus methylation level in DNA methylation, for example), epiScanpy implements -omic specific approaches to build the count matrix.
All the functions to build the count matrices (for ATAC, methylation or other) will use
epi.ct (ct = count).
The first step is to load an annotation and then build the count matrix that will be either methylation or ATAC-seq specific. For example using
epi.ct.load_features(file_features, **tool_params) # to load annotation files epi.ct.build_count_mtx(cell_file_names, omic="ATAC") # to build the ATAC-seq count matrix
If you have an already build matrix, you can load it with any additional metadata (such as cell annotations or batches).
The count matrix, either the one that has been constructed or uploaded, with any additional informations (such as cell annotations or batches) are stored as an
AnnData object. All functions for quality control and preprocessing are called using
epi.pp (pp = preprocessing).
To visualise how common features are and what is the coverage distribution of the count matrix features, use:
epi.pp.commoness_features(adata, **processing_params) epi.pp.coverage_cells(adata, **processing_params)
The next step, is the calculation of tSNE, UMAP, PCA etc. For that, we take advantage of the embedding into Scanpy and we use mostly Scanpy functions, which are called using
sc.tl (tl = tool) [Wolf18]. For that, see Scanpy usage principles: <https://scanpy.readthedocs.io/en/latest/basic_usage.html>`__. For example, to obtain cell-cell distance calculations or low dimensional representation we make use of the
adata object, and store n_obs observations (cells) of n_vars variables (expression, methylation, chromatin features). For each tool, there typically is an associated plotting function in
sc.pl (pl = plot)
sc.tl.tsne(adata, **tool_params) sc.pl.tsne(adata, **plotting_params)
There are also epiScanpy specific tools and plotting functions that can be accessed using
epi.tl.silhouette(adata, **tool_params) epi.pl.silhouette(adata, **plotting_params) epi.pl.prct_overlap(adata, **plotting_params)