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Multi-allelic sites in VQSR

KousikKousik GermanyMember

I was wondering how GATK VQSR deals with multi-allelic sites.
I already know that -
i) VQSR treats them same way as bi-allelic sites (
ii) Split multi-allelic sites before VQSR (
This mainly informs about mixed (SNP + INDEL) multi-allelic sites.

Summary questions:
1. Do you recommend split multi-allelic SNPs before VQSR? Will it be biased since site-level information/annotation would be multiple counted. I got different results in split and NOT split (performed relatively better)
2. If we don't split multi-allelic SNP sites then how Ti/Tv ratio is calculated.
For example:

chr1 123 A T,G
chr2 234 C *,A,T

In these above cases, which allele(s) is taken to calculate the Ti/Tv ratio in the tranche file. If VQSR takes the first allele then what to expect in 2nd case, where a star allele is at first position Or it is better to remove star alleles before VQSR?


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