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Preserving relative abundances in a subset of larger data

By default the raw read counts in the abundance matrix are normalised (transformed to percentages) by some plotting functions automatically (for example amp_heatmap, amp_timeseries, and more). This means that the relative abundances shown will be calculated based on the remaining taxa after the subset, not including the removed taxa, if any. To circumvent this, set normalise = TRUE when subsetting with the amp_subset_taxa and amp_subset_samples functions, and then set raw = TRUE in the plotting function. This will transform the OTU counts to relative abundances BEFORE the subset, and setting raw = TRUE will skip the transformation in the plotting function, see the example below.

Custom distance matrix for use in ordination

If you wan’t to calculate a distance matrix manually and use it for PCoA or nMDS in amp_ordinate, it can be done quite easily by just setting filter_species = 0, transform = "none", and distmeasure = "none", like below. The matrix should be a symmetrical matrix containing coefficients for all pairs of samples in the data.

Loading phyloseq objects

This is particularly useful if you want to import data in the QIIME, biom, mothur, and pyrotagger formats, see the phyloseq Data Import tutorial. You will first have to extract the OTU-table and the metadata from the phyloseq object, and then import as normal with amp_load: