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  collapse = TRUE,
  comment = "#>",
  error = FALSE,
  warning = FALSE,
  message = FALSE,
    crop = NULL
sce <- readRDS("sce.rds")
SCREENSHOT <- function(x, ...) knitr::include_graphics(x)

Changing the default start configuration

The default start configuration with one plot of each type may not always be the most appropriate. iSEE allows the user to programmatically modify the initial settings [@kra2018iSEE], avoiding the need to click through the choices to obtain the desired panel setup. Almost every aspect of the initial app state can be customized, down to whether or not the parameter boxes are open or closed!

To demonstrate this feature, let's assume that we are only interested in feature assay plot panels. The default set of panels can be changed via the initialPanels argument of the iSEE function call. Given a SingleCellExperiment or SummarizedExperiment object named sce^[We'll re-use the example from the r Biocpkg("iSEE", vignette="basic.html", label="previous workflow").], the following code opens an app with two adjacent feature assay plots. Note that each panel is set to occupy half the width of the application window, which is set to 12 units by the r CRANpkg("shiny") package.

app <- iSEE(sce, initial=list(

The genes to show on the Y-axis in the two plots can be specified via the YAxisFeatureName argument to the respective panels in iSEE.

app <- iSEE(sce, initial=list(

This will open the app with two feature assay plots, showing the selected genes. Of course, from this starting point, all the interactive functionality is still available, and new panels can be added, modified and linked via point selection.

Data parameters


The data parameters control the source of the information represented on the X-axis and Y-axis of each plot. Those parameters are accessible at runtime in the eponymous collapsible box.

We refer users to the individual help page of each panel type listed below to learn more about the choices of X-axis variables for each type of panel.

From a running iSEE application, you can also display all the R code that is required to set up the current configuration by clicking on Display panel settings under the export icon in the top-right corner.

Setting the Y-axis

The nature of the Y-axis is defined by the type of panel. For instance, column data plot panels require the name of a column in the colData(sce). Users can preconfigure the Y-axis of individual column data plot panels as follows:

app <- iSEE(sce, initial=list(
    ColumnDataPlot(YAxis="NREADS", PanelWidth=6L, DataBoxOpen=TRUE),
    ColumnDataPlot(YAxis="TOTAL_DUP", PanelWidth=6L, DataBoxOpen=TRUE)

Setting the X-axis {#xaxis}

The X-axis can be set to different types of variables. The type of variable is generally set in the XAxis slot, while the name of the variable is stored in a different slot depending on the value of XAxis. At runtime, this allows the app to remember the last selected variable of each type.

For instance, the XAxis slot of the feature assay plot can have up to four different values:

  1. "None": does not require any addition input (draws a single violin for all features).
  2. "Column data": requires XAxisColumnData to be set to a column name in the colData(sce).
  3. "Feature name": requires either a. XAxisFeatureName to be set to a feature name (or positional index) in rownames(sce). b. XAxisFeatureSource to be set to the name of a Row data table panel with an active selection set in its own Selected column.

Each of these scenarios is demonstrated below:

fex <- FeatureAssayPlot(DataBoxOpen=TRUE, PanelWidth=6L)

# Example 1
fex1 <- fex
fex1[["XAxis"]] <- "None"

# Example 2
fex2 <- fex
fex2[["XAxis"]] <- "Column data"
fex2[["XAxisColumnData"]] <- "Core.Type"

# Example 3a
fex3 <- fex
fex3[["XAxis"]] <- "Feature name"
fex3[["XAxisFeatureName"]] <- "Zyx"

# Example 4 (also requires a row statistic table)
fex4 <- fex
fex4[["XAxis"]] <- "Feature name"
fex4[["XAxisFeatureSource"]] <- "RowDataTable1"
rex <- RowDataTable(Selected="Ints2", Search="Ints", PanelWidth=12L)

# Initialisation
app <- iSEE(sce, initial=list(fex1, fex2, fex3, fex4, rex))

Note how Example 3b requires an active row data table as a source of selection. To facilitate visualisation, we added the features identifiers as the gene_id column in rowData(sce), we preselected the feature "Ints2", and we prefiltered the table using the pattern "Ints" on the gene_id column to show this active selection.

Configuring the type of dimensionality reduction

In the case of reduced dimension plots, data parameters include the name of the reduced dimension slot from which to fetch coordinates. This information is stored in the Type slot:

app <- iSEE(sce, initial=list(
    ReducedDimensionPlot(DataBoxOpen=TRUE, Type="TSNE", 
        XAxis=2L, YAxis=1L, PanelWidth=6L)

Configuring the type of assay data {#assay}

For axes linked to an assay, such as the Y-axis of feature assay plot panels, the assay to display can be set through the Assay argument:

app <- iSEE(sce, initial=list(
    FeatureAssayPlot(DataBoxOpen=TRUE, Assay="logcounts", PanelWidth=6L),
    FeatureAssayPlot(DataBoxOpen=TRUE, Assay="tophat_counts", PanelWidth=6L)

Visual parameters


The visual parameters control the appearance of data points. Those parameters include: color, shape, size, opacity, facet, as well as font size and legend position. Some visual parameters can be associated to variables and controlled through r CRANpkg("ggplot2") aesthetics, while others can be set to constant user-defined values. All those parameters are accessible at runtime in the eponymous collapsible box.

We refer users to the ?"iSEE point parameters" help page to learn more about the visual parameters variables configurable for each type of panel; and to the ?"iSEE selection parameters" help page to learn more about the choices of parameters that control the appearance of point selections in receiver plot panels.

Configuring default visual parameters

Certain visual parameters can be set to a constant user-defined value. Those include: color, transparency (i.e., alpha), downsampling resolution, as well as text font size and legend position.

For instance, the default color of data points in column data plot panels can be set to a value different than the default "black" through the ColorByDefaultColor slot, while the default transparency value is controlled through the PointAlpha slot Here, we alter several default visual parameters in the second panel:

cdp <- ColumnDataPlot(VisualBoxOpen=TRUE, 
    VisualChoices=c("Color", "Size", "Point", "Text"))

cdp2 <- cdp
cdp2[["ColorByDefaultColor"]] <- "chocolate3"
cdp2[["PointAlpha"]] <- 0.2
cdp2[["PointSize"]] <- 2
cdp2[["Downsample"]] <- TRUE
cdp2[["DownsampleResolution"]] <- 150
cdp2[["FontSize"]] <- 2

app <- iSEE(sce, initial=list(cdp, cdp2))

Note that for this demonstration, we facilitate visualization of the preconfigured arguments by setting VisualChoices to display both the "Color" and "Shape" UI panels.

Linking point aesthetics to variables

The color and point of data points can be linked to variables in a manner similar to the X-axis parameters demonstrated above.

For instance, the color of data points in column data plot panels can be set to a variable in colData(sce) by setting the ColorBy value to "Column data", and the ColorByColumnData value to the desired column name:

cdp <- ColumnDataPlot(VisualBoxOpen=TRUE, VisualChoices=c("Color", "Shape"),
    ColorByColumnData="Core.Type", ShapeByColumnData="Core.Type",
    ColorBy="Column data", ShapeBy="Column data")

cdp2 <- cdp
cdp2[["ColorByColumnData"]] <- "TOTAL_DUP"
cdp2[["ShapeByColumnData"]] <- "driver_1_s"

app <- iSEE(sce, initial=list(cdp, cdp2))

Note that points may only be shaped by a categorical variable.

Configuring plot facets

Categorical variables may also be used to facet plots by row and column.

For instance, column data plot panels can be facet by variables stored in the columns of colData(sce). Users can enable faceting by setting FacetByRow and/or FacetByColumn to the appropriate column name in colData(sce). We demonstrate below how faceting may be enabled by row, column, or both:

cdp <- ColumnDataPlot(VisualBoxOpen=TRUE, VisualChoices=c("Facet"),
    FacetByRow="driver_1_s", FacetByColumn="Core.Type", PanelWidth=4L)

cdp2 <- cdp
cdp2[["FacetByRow"]] <- "---"

cdp3 <- cdp
cdp3[["FacetByColumn"]] <- "---"

app <- iSEE(sce, initial=list(cdp, cdp2, cdp3))

Selection parameters

The initial state of iSEE applications can be configured all the way down to point selections and links between panels. For instance, in the example below, we preconfigure the ColumnSelectionSource column of a column data plot panel to receive a point selection from a reduced dimension plot panel. This requires an active selection in the reduced dimension plot panel, which is achieved by preconfiguring the BrushData slot.

The simplest way to obtain a valid BrushData value is to launch an iSEE application, make the desired selection using a Shiny brush, open the iSEE code tracker, and copy paste the relevant point selection data. The result should look as below:

# Preconfigure the receiver panel
cdArgs <- ColumnDataPlot(
    XAxis="Column data",

    # Configuring the selection parameters.

    # Throwing in some parameters for aesthetic reasons.

# Preconfigure the sender panel, including the point selection.
# NOTE: You don't actually have to write this from scratch! Just
# open an iSEE instance, make a brush and then look at the 'BrushData'
# entry when you click on the 'Display panel settings' button.
rdArgs <- ReducedDimensionPlot(
    BrushData = list(
        xmin = 13.7, xmax = 53.5, ymin = -36.5, ymax = 37.2, 
        coords_css = list(xmin = 413.2, xmax = 650.2, ymin = 83.0, ymax = 344.0), 
        coords_img = list(xmin = 537.2, xmax = 845.3, ymin = 107.9, ymax = 447.2), 
        img_css_ratio = list(x = 1.3, y = 1.3), 
        mapping = list(x = "X", y = "Y"), 
        domain = list(left = -49.1, right = 57.2, bottom = -70.4, top = 53.5), 
        range = list(left = 50.9, right = 873.9, bottom = 603.0, top = 33.1), 
        log = list(x = NULL, y = NULL), 
        direction = "xy", 
        brushId = "ReducedDimensionPlot1_Brush", 
        outputId = "ReducedDimensionPlot1"

app <- iSEE(sce, initial=list(cdArgs, rdArgs))

Note that in the example above, we chose to color selected data points in the receiver panel, by setting the SelectionEffect argument to "Color", and the color of selected data points to "darkgoldenrod1". Other choices include "Restrict", to show only the selected data points; and "Transparent" (the default), to increase the transparency of unselected data points.

An identical process can be followed to preconfigure a lasso point selection:

# Preconfigure the sender panel, including the point selection.
# NOTE: again, you shouldn't try writing this from scratch! Just
# make a lasso and then copy the panel settings in 'BrushData'.
rdArgs[["BrushData"]] <- list(
    lasso = NULL, closed = TRUE, panelvar1 = NULL, panelvar2 = NULL, 
    mapping = list(x = "X", y = "Y"), 
    coord = structure(c(18.4, 
        18.5, 26.1, 39.9, 
        55.2, 50.3, 54.3, 
        33.3, 18.4, 35.5, 
        -4.2, -21.2, -46.1, 
        -43.5, -18.1, 7.3, 
        19.7, 35.5), .Dim = c(9L, 2L)

app <- iSEE(sce, initial=list(cdArgs, rdArgs))

Writing your own tour

By providing a data frame to the tour argument of iSEE, you can create your own tour that will start when the app is launched^[In theory. On servers, sometimes the tour does not recognize the UI elements at start-up and needs to be restarted via the "Click me for quick tour" button to work properly.]. The data frame should have two columns, element and intro:

introtour <- defaultTour()

Each entry of the element column contains the name of a UI element in the application, prefixed by a hash sign (#). The intro column contains the corresponding text (or basic HTML) that is to be shown at each step.

The simplest way to get started is to copy the intro_firststeps.txt file from the inst/extdata folder and edit it for your specific data set. More customized tours require some knowledge of the names of the UI elements to put in the element column. We recommend one of the following options:

Most elements can be identified using the above strategies. Selectize widgets are trickier but can be handled with, e.g., #ComplexHeatmapPlot1_ColumnData + .selectize-control. Please see the intro_firststeps.txt file in the inst/extdata folder for more of these examples.

Sometimes it is useful to place one step of the tour in the center. To do so, simply put a hash sign before a word which does not link directly to any CSS selector (e.g., as we do for #Welcome) in the corresponding element column.

Further reading {#further}

Users should refer to the following help pages for the full list of values that can be specified in iSEE:

Some fairly complex configurations for a variety of data sets can be found at https://github.com/iSEE/iSEE2018. These may serve as useful examples for setting up your own configurations.

Session Info {.unnumbered}

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References {.unnumbered}

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