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Bio::ClusterI - Cluster Interface


    # see the implementations of this interface for details

    my $cluster= $cluster->new(-description=>"POLYUBIQUITIN",
                               -members    =>[$seq1,$seq2]);
    my @members = $cluster->get_members();
    my @sub_members = $cluster->get_members(-species=>"homo sapiens");


This interface is the basic structure for a cluster of bioperl objects. In this case it is up to the implementer to check arguments and initialize whatever new object the implementing class is designed for.


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

Implementation Specific Functions

These functions are the ones that a specific implementation must define.


  We dont mandate but encourage implementors to support at least the
  following named parameters upon object initialization.

  Argument        Description
  --------        -----------
  -display_id     the display ID or name for the cluster
  -description    the consensus description or name of the cluster
  -members        the array of objects belonging to the family


 Title   : display_id
 Usage   : 
 Function: Get the display name or identifier for the cluster
 Returns : a string
 Args    : 


 Title   : description
 Usage   : Bio::ClusterI->description("POLYUBIQUITIN")
 Function: get/set for the consensus description of the cluster
 Returns : the description string 
 Args    : Optional the description string 


 Title   : size
 Usage   : Bio::ClusterI->size();
 Function: get/set for the size of the family, 
           calculated from the number of members
 Returns : the size of the family 
 Args    : 


 Title   : cluster_score
 Usage   : $cluster ->cluster_score(100);
 Function: get/set for cluster_score which
           represent the score in which the clustering
           algorithm assigns to this cluster.
 Returns : a number


 Title   : get_members
 Usage   : Bio::ClusterI->get_members(($seq1, $seq2));
 Function: retrieve the members of the family by some criteria, for
           example :
           $cluster->get_members(-species => 'homo sapiens'); 

           Will return all members if no criteria are provided.

 Returns : the array of members
 Args    :