Nucleic Acids Research
SCOPE is a novel parameter-free method for the de novoidentification of potential regulatory motifs in sets of coordinately regulated genes. The SCOPE algorithm combines the output of three component algorithms, each designed to identify a particular class of motifs. Using an ensemble learning approach, SCOPE identifies the best candidate motifs from its component algorithms. In tests on experimentally determined datasets, SCOPE identified motifs with a significantly higher level of accuracy than a number of other web-based motif finders run with their default parameters. Because SCOPE has no adjustable parameters, the web server has an intuitive interface, requiring only a set of gene names or FASTA sequences and a choice of species. The most significant motifs found by SCOPE are displayed graphically on the main results page with a table containing summary statistics for each motif. Detailed motif information, including the sequence logo, PWM, consensus sequence and specific matching sites can be viewed through a single click on a motif. SCOPE's efficient, parameter-free search strategy has enabled the development of a web server that is readily accessible to the practising biologist while providing results that compare favorably with those of other motif finders. The SCOPE web server is at <http://genie.dartmouth.edu/scope>.
Carlson, Jonathan M.; Chakravarty, Arijit; DeZiel, Charles E.; and Gross, Robert H., "SCOPE: A Web Server for Practical De Novo Motif Discovery" (2007). Open Dartmouth: Peer-reviewed articles by Dartmouth faculty. 3865.