mothur

How can I tell what the categories are for merge.groups?

I used merge.groups to merge groups based on a multi-variate metadata sheet - here’s a small sample of the metadata (there are 402 groups total):

|group|age(mo)|sex|race|delivery|
|---|---|---|---|---|
|1003_bc_01|2|F|NA|C_Section|
|1003_bc_06|4|F|NA|Vaginal|
|1003_bc_07|4|M|NA|C_Section|
|1003_bc_02|2|F|NA|C_Section|
|1003_bc_03|2|M|NA|Vaginal|
|1003_bc_04|2|F|NA|Vaginal|
|1042_bc_15|9|F|NA|Vaginal|

The output gives me 16 groups - but I don’t know what combination of the variables above led to the creation of each of those 16 groups! How can I extract this back out?

Hi,

I’m not sure what you’re asking exactly. I suspect there are 16 possible combinations of age, sex, race, and delivery?

Pat

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