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       mash-sketch - create sketches (reduced representations for fast operations)


       mash sketch [options] fast(a|q)[.gz] ...


       Create a sketch file, which is a reduced representation of a sequence or set of sequences
       (based on min-hashes) that can be used for fast distance estimations. Input can be fasta
       or fastq files (gzipped or not), and "-" can be given to read from standard input. Input
       files can also be files of file names (see -l). For output, one sketch file will be
       generated, but it can have multiple sketches within it, divided by sequences or files (see
       -i). By default, the output file name will be the first input file with a '.msh'
       extension, or 'stdin.msh' if standard input is used (see -o).



       -p <int>
           Parallelism. This many threads will be spawned for processing. [1]

           List input. Each file contains a list of sequence files, one per line.

       -o <path>
           Output prefix (first input file used if unspecified). The suffix '.msh' will be

       -k <int>
           K-mer size. Hashes will be based on strings of this many nucleotides. Canonical
           nucleotides are used by default (see Alphabet options below). (1-32) [21]

       -s <int>
           Sketch size. Each sketch will have at most this many non-redundant min-hashes. [1000]

           Sketch individual sequences, rather than whole files.

       -w <num>
           Probability threshold for warning about low k-mer size. (0-1) [0.01]

           Input is a read set. See Reads options below. Incompatible with -i.

   Sketching (reads)
       -b <size>
           Use a Bloom filter of this size (raw bytes or with K/M/G/T) to filter out unique
           k-mers. This is useful if exact filtering with -m uses too much memory. However, some
           unique k-mers may pass erroneously, and copies cannot be counted beyond 2. Implies -r.

       -m <int>
           Minimum copies of each k-mer required to pass noise filter for reads. Implies -r. [1]

       -c <num>
           Target coverage. Sketching will conclude if this coverage is reached before the end of
           the input file (estimated by average k-mer multiplicity). Implies -r.

       -g <size>
           Genome size. If specified, will be used for p-value calculation instead of an
           estimated size from k-mer content. Implies -r.

   Sketching (alphabet)
           Preserve strand (by default, strand is ignored by using canonical DNA k-mers, which
           are alphabetical minima of forward-reverse pairs). Implied if an alphabet is specified
           with -a or -z.

           Use amino acid alphabet (A-Z, except BJOUXZ). Implies -n, -k 9.

       -z <text>
           Alphabet to base hashes on (case ignored by default; see -Z). K-mers with other
           characters will be ignored. Implies -n.

           Preserve case in k-mers and alphabet (case is ignored by default). Sequence letters
           whose case is not in the current alphabet will be skipped when sketching.