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      ClustVis: a web tool for visualizing clustering of multivariate data using Principal Component Analysis and heatmap

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      Nucleic Acids Research

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          The Principal Component Analysis (PCA) is a widely used method of reducing the dimensionality of high-dimensional data, often followed by visualizing two of the components on the scatterplot. Although widely used, the method is lacking an easy-to-use web interface that scientists with little programming skills could use to make plots of their own data. The same applies to creating heatmaps: it is possible to add conditional formatting for Excel cells to show colored heatmaps, but for more advanced features such as clustering and experimental annotations, more sophisticated analysis tools have to be used. We present a web tool called ClustVis that aims to have an intuitive user interface. Users can upload data from a simple delimited text file that can be created in a spreadsheet program. It is possible to modify data processing methods and the final appearance of the PCA and heatmap plots by using drop-down menus, text boxes, sliders etc. Appropriate defaults are given to reduce the time needed by the user to specify input parameters. As an output, users can download PCA plot and heatmap in one of the preferred file formats. This web server is freely available at http://biit.cs.ut.ee/clustvis/.

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                Journal
                Nucleic Acids Res
                Nucleic Acids Res
                nar
                nar
                Nucleic Acids Research
                Oxford University Press
                0305-1048
                1362-4962
                01 July 2015
                12 May 2015
                12 May 2015
                : 43
                : Web Server issue
                : W566-W570
                Affiliations
                Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu, J. Liivi 2, 50409, Tartu, Estonia
                Author notes
                [* ]To whom correspondence should be addressed. Tel: +372 504 9365; Fax: +372 737 5468; Email: vilo@ 123456ut.ee
                Article
                10.1093/nar/gkv468
                4489295
                25969447
                © The Author(s) 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Pages: 5
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                1 July 2015

                Genetics

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