The Distance view shows a matrix (i.e., table) of numbers representing distances computed for each pair of sequences for the selected aligned block. Sequence distances are used as input in creating the phylogenetic tree shown in the Tree view. Selections within the Distance view are synchronized with other views in MegAlign Pro. Similarly, selections made elsewhere will be highlighted simultaneously in the Distance view.
The Distance view is only accessible after you have performed a multiple alignment, and becomes inaccessible again if you unalign the sequences. After performing an alignment, you can access the view by clicking on the Distance tab.
The upper-right and lower-left triangular-shaped sections of the matrix can show different information depending on Values selections made in the Distance section of the Style panel. For instance, in the image above, %Identity appears in the upper-right and Distance in the lower-left. Note that no numbers appear on the diagonal, since a sequence cannot differ from itself. In certain situations, it may not be possible to calculate distances for every pair of aligned sequences, in which case “NA” is displayed. In other cases, “NA” may be an artifact of the computational algorithm; for example, an attempt to calculate the log of a negative number.
If Identity is displayed, note that larger numbers correspond to greater differences between sequences. Uncorrected distances are always ≤1.0. However, the Kimura and Tamura-Nei values can exceed 1.0 because they reflect the inferred actual number of nucleotide substitutions or amino acid replacements per site, not the observed distance. When the divergence between a pair of sequence is greater than about 0.75, it may not be possible to calculate a value for corrected distance using the Kimura and Tamura-Nei metrics.
The blue/gray bar at the top of the view starts on the left end showing the color of the Block (multi-block Mauve alignments only). The rest of the information bar consists of information pertaining to the current selection.
|Nothing||The distance calculation metric chosen via Distance > Parameters followed by the left-bottom Value and top-right Value chosen in the Distance section of the Style panel.|
|One sequence or a row/column header (letter)||The name of the sequence and length in bp.|
|One table cell||The number of sequences involved in the cell and their alignment status.|
|Customize the look and layout of the Distance view||See Customize the look and layout. Statistical metrics and fonts are set using the Distance section of the Style panel.|
|Search for a sequence by name||Click the Search tool () on the right of the header area to open a search area. See Search for a sequence using a text query for details.|
|Change the parameters used to generate the distance table|| Click the Change Analysis Parameters tool ( ) or choose use Distance > Parameters to open the Analysis Options dialog. There, you can specify the Metric and Gap Treatment. Use the Metric drop-down menu to change the metric used to calculate distance; see Distance metric options for details. Use the Gap Treatment drop-down menu to specify when gaps should be ignored; see Gap treatment option for more information. Note that you must press the OK button before MegAlign Pro will initiate the calculation or display the results.
|Expand the header to show style tools|| Click the Show Style tool () to add a row below the current header that allows you to control the settings in the Distance section of the Style panel.
To minimize the row, click the tool again or use the Collapse tool (inverted ‘v’) on the right of the row.
|Export data from the view||Click the Export Data tool (), a shortcut to the File > Export Data subcommands. See Export data to a file.|
|See additional details in the view header|| To add a second row of header information, click the Show Quick Details tool ().
|Display a tooltip with the name of the sequence corresponding to a cell|| Hover over any row/column header or any cell. For projects using Pairwise gap removal (see Distance section), the tool tip also contains the number of residues considered for that pair.
|Select all cells in the table||Choose Distance > Table > Select All.|
|Use editing commands with the Distance table||Choose Distance > Table > Copy (Select All, Rename, Rename with Fields).|
|Freeze scrolling||Choose Distance > Table > Freeze Scrolling Region. In a large table, this command allows you to compare rows near the top with those further down.|
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