Extending Jalview with Groovy - A customisable feature counter

The groovy script below shows how to add a new calculation track to a Jalview alignment window.

As currently written, it will add two tracks to a protein alignment view which count Pfam features in each column, and ones where a charge residue also occur.

To try it for yourself:

  1. Copy and paste it into the groovy script console
  2. Load the example Feredoxin project (the one that opens by default when you first launched Jalview)
  3. Select Calculations→Execute Groovy Script from the alignment window's menu bar to run the script on the current view.
Please note: The 2.10.2 feature counting interface is not compatible with earlier versions.

https://www.jalview.org/examples/groovy/featuresCounter.groovy - rendered with hilite.me
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import jalview.workers.AlignmentAnnotationFactory;
import jalview.workers.FeatureSetCounterI;

 * Example script to compute two alignment annotations
 * - count of Phosphorylation features
 * - count of Turn features
 * To try this, first load example file uniref50.fa and load on features file
 * exampleFeatures.txt, before running this script
 * The script only needs to be run once - it will be registered by Jalview
 * and recalculated automatically when the alignment changes.
 * Note: The feature api provided by 2.10.2 is not compatible with scripts
 * that worked with earlier Jalview versions. Apologies for the inconvenience.
def annotator = 
     getNames: { ['Phosphorylation', 'Turn'] as String[] }, 
     getDescriptions:  { ['Count of Phosphorylation features', 'Count of Turn features'] as String[] },
     getMinColour: { [0, 255, 255] as int[] }, // cyan
     getMaxColour: { [0, 0, 255] as int[] }, // blue
         { res, feats -> 
                int phos
                int turn
                for (sf in feats)
		           * Here we inspect the type of the sequence feature.
		           * You can also test sf.description, sf.score, sf.featureGroup,
		           * sf.strand, sf.phase, sf.begin, sf.end
		           * or sf.getValue(attributeName) for GFF 'column 9' properties
		           if (sf.type.contains('TURN'))
                   if (sf.type.contains('PHOSPHORYLATION'))
                [phos, turn] as int[]
     ] as FeatureSetCounterI
 * Register the annotation calculator with Jalview