Variant-Apache Spark for Bioinformatics

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This talk will showcase work done by the bioinformatics team at CSIRO in Sydney, Australia to make Spark more useful and usable for the bioinformatics community. They have created a custom library, variant-spark, which provides a DSL and also a custom implementation of Spark ML via random forests for genomic pipeline processing. We’ve created a demo, using their ‘Hipster-genome’ and a Databricks notebook to better explain their library to the world-wide bioinformatics community. This notebooks compares results with another popular genomics library ( as well.
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