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Dotplot enables users to compare two assemblies. It is useful to find similar and repetitive regions as well as structural variation.

Hint: It may also be useful to align an assembly with itself!

dotplot demo

How to get there

In the genome table, select exactly two genomes (using Shift or Ctrl) and open the context menu using right click. Then, click on “Compare the assemblies using dotplot”.

Click here for an example.



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How it works

First, the assemblies are aligned using nucmer (part of the mummer4 package). Then, the interactive dot plot viewer Dot is used to visualize and animate the result.


The most important parameter is nucmers mincluster parameter. It sets the minimum length of a cluster. A higher value will decrease the sensitivity of the alignment, but will also result in more confident results.

In the settings sidebar (click on the settings wheel), many options are available to change the looks of the plot.