Taxonomy Challenge

A challenge to build methods to classify virus sequences

The ICTV Computational Virus Taxonomy Challenge is a challenge for bioinformaticians who build methods to classify unknown sequences into the ICTV-approved taxonomy. We ask you to classify a set of viral sequences using a bioinformatics pipeline of your choice or design. The classification will be evaluated using the Taxonomy Release MSL39. Importantly, we ask that your pipeline be fully and easily reproducible and that you make available the necessary code and environment to run it. Multiple strategies exist, such as the creation of virtual environments (venv, conda) or containers (Singularity, Docker), and the code should be made available via GitHub. The results of your classification will be further evaluated on metrics including reproducability, speed, accuracy at different ranks, for different types of viruses, etc.

Posted June 19 2024