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kmerfreq count K-mer (with size K) frequency from the input sequence data,typically sequencing reads data, and reference genome data is also applicable. The forward and reverse strand of a k-mer are taken as the same k-mer, and only the kmer strand with smaller bit-value is used to represent the kmer. It adopts a 16-bit integer with max value 65535 to store the frequency value of a unique K-mer, and any K-mer with frequency larger than 65535 will be recorded as 65535. The program store all kmer frequency values in a 4^K size array of 16-bit integer (2 bytes), using the k-mer bit-value as index, so the total memory usage is 2* 4^K bytes. For K-mer size 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, it will consume constant 2G, 8G 32G 128G 512G memory, respectively. kmerfreq works in a highly simple and parallel style, to achieve as fast speed as possible. The output files can be used as input\file for programs GCE and correct_error_reads.

Environment Modules

Run module spider kmerfreq to find out what environment modules are available for this application.

System Variables

  • HPC_KMERFREQ_DIR - installation directory
  • HPC_KMERFREQ_BIN - executable directory


If you publish research that uses kmerfreq you have to cite it as follows:

Binghang Liu, Yujian Shi, Jianying Yuan, et al. and Wei Fan*. Estimation of genomic characteristics by analyzing k-mer frequency in de novo genome project. arXiv: 1308.2012. (2013)

Hengchao Wang, Bo Liu, Yan Zhang, Fan Jiang, Yuwei Ren, Lijuan Yin, Hangwei Liu, Sen Wang, Wei Fan. Estimation of genome size using k-mer frequencies from corrected long reads. arXiv:2003.11817 [q-bio.GN] (2020)