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Click here for a list of ortholog datasets based on the QfO reference proteomes of 2018.
Please note that for this service the most recent dataset we use is the QfO dataset from 2018_04.

Testing your own method



Provide us your own ortholog inference data. After uploading your predictions, you will be able to compare the quality of your predictions against other orthology inference efforts using several tests.

QfO Reference Proteomes Dataset




Orthology inference is most often based on molecular protein sequences. For a comparison of different orthology prediction methods, a common set of sequences must be established. Therefore, only identical proteins are mapped to each other.

To make comparisons of method easier, the orthology research community has agreed in 2009 to established a common QfO reference proteome dataset. Currently we are using the reference proteomes from 2018_04 and 2020_04 for benchmarking. The 2011 dataset can no longer be used for benchmarking, but the results of the public projects stay for reference.

Dataset sources

All releases of the QfO Reference Proteomes are available from UniProtKB's archive FTP server. The currently recommended datasets for benchmarking are:

  • 2018_04: Recommended for all users of the service. Allows comparisons with established orthology inference methods.
  • 2020_04: Cutting edge dataset. Recommended for established resources. Predictions can only be compared to a few other methods.
If you use the orthology benchmarking service in your work, please consider citing:
Altenhoff AM et al., The Quest for Orthologs benchmark service and consensus calls in 2020 Nucleic Acids Res, 2020, 48:W1, W538–W545 (doi: 10.1093/nar/gkaa308)
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