Importing MLVA repeat numbers from a text file

This tutorial illustrates how to import MLVA repeat numbers and strain information from a text file. The same steps are also applicable for import of other character experiments.


A character is basically a name-value pair of which the value can be binary, multi-state or continuous. Because of this very broad definition, a wide variety of data can be analyzed as character types (= an array of characters). This includes morphological and biochemical features, commercial test panels (API®, Biolog®, Vitek®, etc.), antibiotics resistance profiles, fatty acid profiles, microarrays, SNP arrays, repeat numbers in MLVA, allelic profiles in MLST, etc.

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MLVA repeat numbers
Text file, containing MLVA repeat numbers for 4 loci for 500 strains, including isolation information.