Will the decoy file be generated by Comet or will I have to generate it externally?

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Debojyoti Pal

May 6, 2024, 8:35:55 AMMay 6
to Comet ms/ms db search support
The latest parameter helpfile on decoy search (https://comet-ms.sourceforge.net/parameters/parameters_202101/decoy_search.php) reads:

"This parameter is currently not supported by the index database generation and searches against an indexed database. For a target-decoy search against an indexed database, please include decoy sequences in the input FASTA database prior to the index generation."

Does that imply we have to externally generate the Comet decoy file?

Please let me know.

Jimmy Eng

May 6, 2024, 12:18:55 PMMay 6
to Debojyoti Pal, Comet ms/ms db search support
I replied to this post and your other one via the google group website but my replies did not show up in the conversation thread.  So let me know if it didn't get through to you.  (I'm replying now through email.)

Quick answer:  that's an older help page from old website for an old release. Current help page for that parameter is here and you do not have to externally generate decoy sequences even if you're using the old release as you're likely not searching an indexed database.

Quick answer to second question:  use monoisotopic masses and 0/1/2/3 isotope_error (assuming you're using ppm precursor tolerances)

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