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Quantifying Specificity of GO Terms

Sorin Draghici sorin at
Tue Apr 17 19:43:33 PDT 2007


How exactly would you define the specificity of a GO term? If we had an 
exact definition, we could possibly write a piece of software that could 
do it.


Tobias Sayre wrote:
> Dear GO Friends,
> I am working on a project that involves curation of protein data that 
> includes GO terms, and it would be very helpful if I had some 
> numerical quantification of the specificity of each term.  It is 
> possible to manually examine each term to determine this specificity, 
> but because there is a large amount of data, I would like to automate 
> the process.  I understand that there is no reliable way to do this 
> simply using the level in the DAG hierarchy, but I am wondering if any 
> of you might have a work-around.
> Thanks,
> Tobias Sayre

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