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Summary Metrics

Cell Ranger pipelines output key metrics in text format. Below are the definitions of the reported metrics.

"cellranger count" Metrics Definitions

The cellranger count pipeline outputs metrics_summary.csv which contains a number of key metrics about the barcoding and sequencing process.

MetricDescription
Estimated Number of CellsThe number of barcodes associated with cell-containing partitions, estimated from the barcode UMI count distribution.
Mean Reads per CellThe total number of sequenced reads divided by the estimated number of cells.
Median Genes per CellThe median number of genes detected (with nonzero UMI counts) across all cell-associated barcodes.
Number of ReadsTotal number of sequenced reads.
Valid BarcodesFraction of reads with cell-barcodes that match the whitelist.
Reads Mapped Confidently to TranscriptomeFraction of reads that mapped to a unique gene in the transcriptome with a high mapping quality score as reported by the aligner.
Reads Mapped Confidently to Exonic RegionsFraction of reads that mapped to the exonic regions of the genome with a high mapping quality score as reported by the aligner.
Reads Mapped Confidently to Intronic RegionsFraction of reads that mapped to the intronic regions of the genome with a high mapping quality score as reported by the aligner.
Reads Mapped Confidently to Intergenic RegionsFraction of reads that mapped to the intergenic regions of the genome with a high mapping quality score as reported by the aligner.
Sequencing SaturationThe fraction of reads originating from an already-observed UMI. This is a function of library complexity and sequencing depth. More specifically, this is the fraction of confidently mapped, valid cell-barcode, valid UMI reads that had a non-unique (cell-barcode, UMI, gene). This metric was called "cDNA PCR Duplication" in versions of Cell Ranger prior to 1.2.
Q30 Bases in BarcodeFraction of bases with Q-score at least 30 in the cell barcode sequences. This is the i7 index (I1) read for the Single Cell 3' v1 chemistry and the R1 read for the Single Cell 3' v2 chemistry.
Q30 Bases in RNA ReadFraction of bases with Q-score at least 30 in the RNA read sequences. This is Illumina R1 for the Single Cell 3' v1 chemistry and Illumina R2 for the Single Cell 3' v2 chemistry.
Q30 Bases in Sample IndexFraction of bases with Q-score at least 30 in the sample index sequences. This is the i5 index (I2) read for the Single Cell 3' v1 chemistry and the i7 index (I1) read for the Single Cell 3' v2 chemistry.
Q30 Bases in UMIFraction of bases with Q-score at least 30 in the UMI sequences. This is the R2 read for the Single Cell 3' v1 chemistry and the R1 read for the Single Cell 3' v2 chemistry.
Fraction Reads in CellsThe fraction of cell-barcoded, confidently mapped reads with cell-associated barcodes.
Total Genes DetectedThe number of genes with at least one UMI count in any cell.
Median UMI Counts per CellThe median number of total UMI counts across all cell-associated barcodes.

"cellranger aggr" Metrics Definitions

The cellranger aggr pipeline outputs summary.json which contains metrics relating to the aggregated datasets. Note: square brackets denote a variable that depends on the pipeline input, e.g. [library_id]_frac_reads_kept means that if your aggregation contains two libraries with IDs sample123 and sample456, there will be two output metrics sample123_frac_reads_kept and sample456_frac_reads_kept.

MetricDescription
filtered_bcs_transcriptome_unionThe estimated number of barcodes associated with cell-containing partitions, summed across all input libraries.
total_readsTotal number of sequenced reads, summed across all input libraries.
multi_transcriptome_total_raw_reads_per_filtered_bctotal_reads divided by filtered_bcs_transcriptome_union.
[library_id]_pre_normalization_raw_reads_per_filtered_bcThe mean total reads per cell prior to depth normalization, for the library denoted by library_id.
[library_id]_pre_normalization_cmb_reads_per_filtered_bcThe mean confidently mapped and barcoded (CMB) reads per cell prior to depth normalization, for the library denoted by library_id.
[library_id]_frac_reads_keptThe fraction of reads that were retained after depth normalization for the library denoted by library_id.
lowest_frac_reads_keptThe lowest fraction of reads retained, corresponding to the library which lost the most reads during normalization. A low value may indicate a large disparity in the initial depth of the input libraries.