getGEOSAGE {SAGElyzer}R Documentation

Automatically downloads SAGE libraries from NCBI


Given an organism name (e.g. human) and a correct url, getGEOSAGE downloads SAGE libraries and stores them in a specified directory


getGEOSAGE(organism = "human", targetDir = "", quiet = TRUE, url =
getFileNames(organism, url)


organism A character string for the name of the organism of interests
targetDir A character string for the directory where the downloaded SAGE libraries will be stored
quiet A boolean indicating whether the status message from download.file will be supressed
url A character string for part of the url from which SAGE libraries will be downloaded


getGEOSAGE downloads SAGE libraries from NCBI's GEO site and stores them in a specified directory. The url passed is the location where the cgi resides and will be appended the correct parameters that specifies the content and format of the data file to be downloaded.

The system relies on GPL numbers that differ among organisms to find the correct platform sample ids for files belonging to a given organism. The platform sample ids will then be used to fetch the desired annotation files. getFileNames gets the correct GPL number and getSampleId gets the platform sample ids. parseSAGE parses the downloaded file and stores the data to a specified place.


getFileNames Returns a vector of GPL numbers
getSampleId Returns a vector of platform sample ids


The functions are part of the Bioconductor project at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to provide bioinformatics functionalities through R


J. Zhang


See Also



# Since downloading and parsing SAGE libraries are time consuming, the
# example code is inactivated.
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