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Unique identifier OMICS_00084
Name EBCall
Alternative name Empirical Baysian mutation Calling
Software type Package/Module
Interface Command line interface
Restrictions to use None
Input data Target tumor sample, target normal sample and list of normal reference samples.
Input format BAM
Output data The position of the candidate mutation, the reference base for that position, he alternated sequence for the mutation candidate, sequencing depth for positive strand or both tumor and normal samples, the mismatch rates computed in the tumor and normal samples, the ratio of variant reads aligned to positive strand for the tumor and normal samples, sequencing depths for that position for the tumor and normal samples, he number of supporting variant read in the tumor and normal samples p-value, the minus logarithm of p-value of the EBCall for positive and negative strand, respectively, he minus logarithm of the p-value by Fisher's exact test and the estimated parameter values of Beta-Binominal sequencing model for that variant.
Operating system Unix/Linux
Programming languages C++, Perl, R, Shell (Bash)
Computer skills Advanced
Stability Stable
samtools, The VGAM package for R
Maintained Yes




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  • person_outline Satoru Miyano <>
  • person_outline Yuichi Shiraishi <>
  • person_outline Seishi Ogawa <>
  • person_outline EBCall Team <>

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EBCall citations


A review of somatic single nucleotide variant calling algorithms for next generation sequencing data

PMCID: 5852328
PMID: 29552334
DOI: 10.1016/j.csbj.2018.01.003

[…] callers abandon the diploidy assumption and model joint allele frequencies (ft,fn) instead of joint genotypes (gt,gn). the allele frequency analysis approach is taken by strelka, mutect, lofreq, ebcall, deepsnv, lolopicker, and muse , , , , , , . strelka's core algorithm consists of two steps. first, the posterior probabilities of vafs in tumor and normal, noted as p(ft,fn|dt,dn), […]


Identification of Single Nucleotide Non coding Driver Mutations in Cancer

PMCID: 5801294
PMID: 29456552
DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2018.00016

[…] developed to identify somatic snvs, including: (1) those that separately call snvs in tumor and normal samples and then identify tumor-specific snvs by comparison, such as gatk (), gatkcan (), and ebcall (); and (2) those that concurrently analyze tumor-normal samples using heuristic methods or statistical models, such as mutect (), varscan (, ), and strelka () (table ). while the first type […]


Comprehensive benchmarking of SNV callers for highly admixed tumor data

PMCID: 5636151
PMID: 29020110
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186175

[…] data and up to 13 distinct parameter configurations for each tool. we found vast differences among callers. based on our comprehensive analyses we recommend joint tumor-normal calling with mutect, ebcall or strelka for whole exome somatic variant calling, and haplotypecaller or freebayes for whole exome germline calling. for targeted gene panel data on a single tumor sample, lofreqstar […]


Variational inference for rare variant detection in deep, heterogeneous next generation sequencing data

PMCID: 5244592
PMID: 28103803
DOI: 10.1186/s12859-016-1451-5

[…] used to estimate unobserved quantities such as variant allele frequency given observed genomic sequencing data., gatk [] and samtools [] use a naive bayesian decision rule to call variants. ebcall models sequencing errors based on a beta-binomial distribution, where the parameters and latent variables are estimated from a set of non-paired normal sequencing samples []. however, […]


Comprehensive mutational analysis of primary and relapse acute promyelocytic leukemia

PMCID: 4972641
PMID: 27063598
DOI: 10.1038/leu.2016.69

[…] by performing indel realignment and base quality recalibration. minimum mapping quality of 15 was considered for variant calling. somatic variants were called using two methods: ebcall and varscan2 (version 2.3.8). mutations supported by either <5 reads or those supported by reads in only one direction were excluded. also, variants with variant allele frequencies <0.05 […]


Evaluation of Nine Somatic Variant Callers for Detection of Somatic Mutations in Exome and Targeted Deep Sequencing Data

PMCID: 4803342
PMID: 27002637
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151664

[…] exome sequencing and targeted deep sequencing data of paired tumor-normal samples from five breast cancer patients to evaluate the performance of nine publicly available somatic variant callers: ebcall, mutect, seurat, shimmer, indelocator, somatic sniper, strelka, varscan 2 and virmid for the detection of single nucleotide mutations and small deletions and insertions. we report a large […]

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EBCall institution(s)
Laboratory of DNA Information Analysis, Human Genome Center, Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan; Cancer Genomics Project, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; Department of Urology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; Department of Hematology/Oncology, Gunma Children’s Medical Center, Gunma, Japan

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