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"No data found" error came up when performing VQSR on SNPs


I am doing VQSR with -mode SNP, and it came up with a error saying "No data found". Here is my command line:

/path/to/java -Xmx7g -jar /path/to/GenomeAnalysisTK-3.3-0/GenomeAnalysisTK.jar -T VariantRecalibrator -R /path/to/Data/bundle_2.8_hg19/ucsc.hg19.fasta -input /path/to/VQSR_0722/All8sample.vcf -resource:hapmap,known=false,training=true,truth=true,prior=15.0 /path/to/Data/bundle_2.8_hg19/hapmap_3.3.hg19.vcf -resource:omni,known=false,training=true,truth=false,prior=12.0 /path/to/Data/bundle_2.8_hg19/1000G_omni2.5.hg19.vcf -resource:dbsnp,known=true,training=false,truth=false,prior=6.0 /ifshk1/BC_MD/GROUP/Workflow/Data/bundle_2.8_hg19/dbsnp_138.hg19.vcf -an QD -an FS -an SOR -an MQ -an MQRankSum -an ReadPosRankSum -mode SNP -tranche 100.0 -tranche 99.9 -tranche 99.0 -tranche 90.0 -recalFile /path/to/VQSR_0722/All8sample.snp.VQSR.recal -tranchesFile /path/to/VQSR_0722/All8sample.snp.VQSR.tranches -rscriptFile /path/to/VQSR_0722/All8sample.snp.VQSR.plot.R

I noticed a line in the log file that saying "INFO 08:08:09,495 VariantDataManager - Training with worst 0 scoring variants --> variants with LOD <= -5.0000.". This is followed by the error message given below:

ERROR ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ERROR stack trace

java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: No data found.
at org.broadinstitute.gatk.engine.executive.Accumulator$StandardAccumulator.finishTraversal(
at org.broadinstitute.gatk.engine.executive.LinearMicroScheduler.execute(
at org.broadinstitute.gatk.engine.GenomeAnalysisEngine.execute(
at org.broadinstitute.gatk.engine.CommandLineExecutable.execute(
at org.broadinstitute.gatk.utils.commandline.CommandLineProgram.start(
at org.broadinstitute.gatk.utils.commandline.CommandLineProgram.start(
at org.broadinstitute.gatk.engine.CommandLineGATK.main(

ERROR ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ERROR A GATK RUNTIME ERROR has occurred (version 3.3-0-g37228af):
ERROR This might be a bug. Please check the documentation guide to see if this is a known problem.
ERROR If not, please post the error message, with stack trace, to the GATK forum.
ERROR Visit our website and forum for extensive documentation and answers to
ERROR commonly asked questions
ERROR MESSAGE: No data found.

I used to have error message of "No data found" when performing VQSR with -mode INDEL, and I know it was due to the fact that there were not enough indel variants overlapped with the training data. But this time the mode is SNP. I counted the total for SNPs in my dataset (awk 'length ($4)==1 && length ($5)==1' /path/to/VQSR_0722/All8sample.vcf | wc -l) and there are 184,540 SNPs. I wonder if it is the same cause as that for INDEL VQSR error?

Thank you!




  • SheilaSheila Broad InstituteMember, Broadie, Moderator

    Hi Emma,

    I am assuming you have 8 samples in you input VCF. VQSR requires at least 30 exome samples to build a good model. You can either do hard filtering or add in data from 1000Genomes samples.


  • tommycarstensentommycarstensen United KingdomMember

    @EmmaDan Perhaps you can try with --maxGaussians 4 as suggested here?

    P.S. Your awk command is not correct in the case of multiallelic SNPs. As far as I recall GATK can count and return statistics. I use another competing tool myself, that I will not advertise for here.

    P.P.S. The latest version of GATK is 3.4.

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