Christopher Fields
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Bio::Tools::Run::Phylo::QuickTree - Wrapper for rapid reconstruction of phylogenies using QuickTree


  use Bio::Tools::Run::Phylo::QuickTree;

  #  Make a QuickTree factory
  @params = ();
  $factory = Bio::Tools::Run::Phylo::QuickTree->new(@params);

  #  Pass the factory an alignment      
  $inputfilename = 't/data/';
  $tree = $factory->run($inputfilename); # $tree is a Bio::Tree::Tree object.
  # or get a Bio::Align::AlignI (SimpleAlign) object from somewhere
  $tree = $factory->run($aln);


This is a wrapper for running the QuickTree application by Kevin Howe. You can download it here:

Currently only input with alignments and output of trees is supported. (Ie. no support for distance matrix in/out.)

You will need to enable this QuickTree wrapper to find the quicktree program. This can be done in (at least) three ways:

 1. Make sure the QuickTree executable is in your path.
 2. Define an environmental variable QUICKTREEDIR which is a 
    directory which contains the 'quicktree' application:
    In bash:

    export QUICKTREEDIR=/home/username/quicktree_1.1/bin

    In csh/tcsh:

    setenv QUICKTREEDIR /home/username/quicktree_1.1/bin

 3. Include a definition of an environmental variable QUICKTREEDIR in
    every script that will use this QuickTree wrapper module, e.g.:

    BEGIN { $ENV{QUICKTREEDIR} = '/home/username/quicktree_1.1/bin' }
    use Bio::Tools::Run::Phylo::QuickTree;


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The rest of the documentation details each of the object methods. Internal methods are usually preceded with a _


 Title   : program_name
 Usage   : $factory>program_name()
 Function: holds the program name
 Returns : string
 Args    : None


 Title   : program_dir
 Usage   : $factory->program_dir(@params)
 Function: returns the program directory, obtained from ENV variable.
 Returns : string
 Args    : None


 Title   : new
 Usage   : $factory = Bio::Tools::Run::Phylo::QuickTree->new(@params)
 Function: creates a new QuickTree factory
 Returns : Bio::Tools::Run::Phylo::QuickTree
 Args    : Optionally, provide any of the following (default in []):
           -upgma  => boolean # Use the UPGMA method to construct the tree [0]
           -kimura => boolean # Use the kimura translation for pairwise
                              # distances [0]
           -boot   => int     # Calculate bootstrap values with n iterations [0]


 Title   : upgma
 Usage   : $factory->upgma(1);
 Function: Choose to use the UPGMA method to construct the tree.
 Returns : boolean (default 0)
 Args    : None to get, boolean to set.


 Title   : kimura
 Usage   : $factory->kimura(1);
 Function: Choose to use the kimura translation for pairwise distances.
 Returns : boolean (default 0)
 Args    : None to get, boolean to set.


 Title   : boot
 Usage   : $factory->boot(100);
 Function: Choose to calculate bootstrap values with the supplied number of
 Returns : int (default 0)
 Args    : None to get, int to set.


 Title   : run
 Usage   : $factory->run($stockholm_file);
 Function: Runs QuickTree to generate a tree 
 Returns : Bio::Tree::Tree object
 Args    : file name for your input alignment in stockholm format, OR
           Bio::Align::AlignI complient object (eg. Bio::SimpleAlign).


 Title   : _setparams
 Usage   : Internal function, not to be called directly
 Function: Creates a string of params to be used in the command string
 Returns : string of params
 Args    : none 


 Title   : _writeAlignFile
 Usage   : obj->_writeAlignFile($seq)
 Function: Internal(not to be used directly)
 Returns : filename
 Args    : Bio::Align::AlignI