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Useful python code

Take command-line arguments

from argparse import ArgumentParser

version = pkg_resources.require("program")[0].version
parser = ArgumentParser(description='program description')
group = parser.add_mutually_exclusive_group()
parser.add_argument('--version', action='version', version='%(prog)s '+str(version))
parser.add_argument('--option', help='option description', required=False, default=False, action='store_true')
parser.add_argument('-n', '--name', help='sample name', required=True)


List comprehension

If ever declaring and empty list then using .append, can be done with list comprehension.

list3 = []
for x in list2:
    if x[0] in list1:

list3 = [x for x in list2 if x[0] in list1]

Can also use this to read from a file in one line, eg to read column 4 in a file into a list in python:

all_TEs = [line.rsplit()[4] for line in open("TAIR9_TE.bed", "r")]

Or read all lines into a list:

all_lines = [line.strip("\n") for line in open("filename", "r")]

Join items in list


If list items are not strings

outfile.write('{l}\n'.format(l=map(str, list)))

Or using list comprehension

stringVersion = [str(x) for x in inputList]

Intersect two lists

l1 = ["a", "b", "c"]
l2 = ["c", "d", "e"]

## ['c']


Split strings by multiple delimiters

accession_name = f.replace('calls_', '.').split('.')

File reading / writing

Read lines in tsv/csv file

with open('merged_dmrs.bed', 'r') as f:
    for line in f:
        line = line.rsplit() # each item in line is now part of a list

Find if coordinates overlap

def overlap(start1, stop1, start2, stop2):
    """returns True if sets of coordinates overlap. Assumes coordinates are on same chromosome"""
    for y in xrange(start2, stop2+1):
        if start1 <= y <= stop1:
            return True
    return False