Variant confidence normalized by unfiltered depth of variant samples

Category Variant Annotations

VCF Field INFO (variant-level)

Type StandardAnnotation, ActiveRegionBasedAnnotation

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  • Overview

    This annotation puts the variant confidence QUAL score in perspective by normalizing for the amount of coverage available. Because each read contributes a little to the QUAL score, variants in regions with deep coverage can have artificially inflated QUAL scores, giving the impression that the call is supported by more evidence than it really is. To compensate for this, we normalize the variant confidence by depth, which gives us a more objective picture of how well supported the call is.

    Statistical notes

    The calculation only takes into account coverage from samples genotyped as having the variant allele(s). This removes the influence of any homozygous-reference samples that might be present in the same cohort, which would otherwise penalize the call unfairly.


    This annotation can only be calculated for sites for which at least one sample was genotyped as carrying a variant allele.

    Related annotations

    • Coverage gives the filtered depth of coverage for each sample and the unfiltered depth across all samples.
    • DepthPerAlleleBySample calculates depth of coverage for each allele per sample (AD).

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    GATK version 3.3-0-g37228af built at 2014/10/24 14:40:51. GTD: NA