I have a set of data from 4 separate 454 runs, I merged all the *.fna files with the CAT command right after "split_libraries.py" and before "pick_otus.py" I did this since the mapping files contain barcode duplicates.
In the end of the process I'm left with a nice biom file which has 70 samples. The samples were taken at three different times in the year and I would like to analize them separately grouped by the date at which the samples were taken. I'm left with the problem of grouping the samples by date, the "summarize_otu_by_cat.py" command doesn't have much use here, because it requires a mapping file, also I cannot merge the OTU table in phyloseq, because the phyloseq object does not contain sample variables.
Is there a way to just merge all the samples in the OTU table? Then a simple script in Python could use the "filter_samples_from_otu_table.py", make three separate biom files with samples taken on the same date in each one of them (the sample names have the date in them), merge all the samples in the three biom files and merge the three biom files together in to a single one. Or alternatively is there another way?
Also is it possible to add a sample variable to the phyloseq object?
Thank you, Peter