Description Usage Arguments Details Value Examples

Summarize pairwise differences.

1 | ```
calc_rank_dist_ave(x, ranks = common_ranks)
``` |

`x` |
a primerTree object |

`ranks` |
ranks to show unique counts for, defaults to the common ranks |

The purpose of this function is to calculate the average number of nucleotide differences between species within each taxa of given taxonomic level.

For example, at the genus level, the function calculates the average number of nucleotide differences between all species within each genus and reports the mean of those values.

There are several key assumptions and calculations made in this function.

First, the function randomly selects one sequence from each species in the primerTree results. This is to keep any one species (e.g. human, cow, etc.) with many hits from skewing the results.

Second, for each taxonomic level tested, the function divides the sequences by each taxon at that level and calculates the mean number of nucleotide differences within that taxa, then returns the mean of those values.

Third, when calculating the average distance, any taxa for which there is only one species is omitted, as the number of nucleotide differences will always be 0.

returns a data frame of results

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 | ```
## Not run:
calc_rank_dist_ave(mammals_16S)
calc_rank_dist_ave(bryophytes_trnL)
# Note that the differences between the results from these two primers
# the mean nucleotide differences is much higher for the mammal primers
# than the byrophyte primers. This suggests that the mammal primers have
# better resolution to distinguish individual species.
## End(Not run)
``` |

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