@RayanChikhi mentioned in twitter about this new paper -
“A super-efficient de novo read compression algorithm (Leon) from @GuillaumeRizk et al. Paper on #arXiv”
The method is to build de Bruijn graph and then store each read as a path within the graph. A Bloom-filter based data structure is chosen to store the graph. Full abstract is shown below.
Motivation: Data volumes generated by next-generation sequencing technolo- gies is now a major concern, both for storage and transmission. This triggered the need for more efficient methods than general purpose compression tools, such as the widely used gzip. Most reference-free tools developed for NGS data compression still use general text compression methods and fail to benefit from algorithms already designed specifically for the analysis of NGS data. The goal of our new method Leon is to achieve compression of DNA sequences of high throughput sequencing data, without the need of a reference genome, with techniques derived from existing assembly principles, that possibly better exploit NGS data redundancy. Results: We propose a novel method, implemented in the software Leon, for compression of DNA sequences issued from high throughput sequencing technologies. This is a lossless method that does not need a reference genome. Instead, a reference is built de novo from the set of reads as a probabilistic de Bruijn Graph, stored in a Bloom filter. Each read is encoded as a path in this graph, storing only an anchoring kmer and a list of bifurcations indicating which path to follow in the graph. This new method will allow to have compressed read files that also already contain its underlying de Bruijn Graph, thus directly re-usable by many tools relying on this structure. Leon achieved encoding of a C. elegans reads set with 0.7 bits/base, outperforming state of the art reference-free methods. Availability: Open source, under GNU affero GPL License, available for download at this http URL
Rob patro pointed out similarities with the following paper -
Storing, transmitting, and archiving the amount of data produced by next generation sequencing is becoming a significant computational burden. For example, large-scale RNA-seq meta-analyses may now routinely process tens of terabytes of sequence. We present here an approach to biological sequence compression that reduces the difficulty associated with managing the data produced by large-scale transcriptome sequencing. Our approach offers a new direction by sitting between pure reference-based compression and reference- free compression and combines much of the benefit of reference-based approaches with the flexibility of de novo encoding. Our method, called path encoding, draws a connection between storing paths in de Bruijn graphs — a common task in genome assembly — and context-dependent arithmetic coding. Supporting this method is a system, called a bit tree, to compactly store sets of kmers that is of independent interest. Using these techniques, we are able to encode RNA-seq reads using 3% – 11% of the space of the sequence in raw FASTA files, which is on average more than 34% smaller than recent competing approaches. We also show that even if the reference is very poorly matched to the reads that are being encoded, good compression can still be achieved.
The main difference between two papers is in the form of data structure (Bloom filter vs bit vector). Also, the later paper uses some kind of reference, although it can be of very poor quality, whereas the former paper simply uses the dBG.
Also note that the authors of KMC developed a minimizer-based compression method -
Our method makes use of a conceptually simple and easily parallelizable idea of minimizers, to obtain 0.376 bits per base as the compression ratio.