Philosopher: a versatile toolkit for shotgun proteomics data analysis

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Fig. 1: Philosopher provides easy access to a complete suite of computational proteomics tools.

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The source code for the project can be found at under the GNU General Public License version 3, along with documentation and tutorials covering various use cases. The DOI for Philosopher (version 3.2.9) is


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We thank the developers of PDV and the TPP tools for discussions and technical assistance, and the growing community of Philosopher users for their feedback and suggestions. This work was supported in part by NIH grants R01-GM-094231 (A.I.N) and U24-CA210967 (A.I.N.).

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F.d.V.L. and A.I.N conceptualized and designed the project. F.d.V.L. is the main developer and maintainer of the Philosopher toolkit. S.E.H. contributed to writing the code, testing, and documentation. D.M.A., H.-Y.C., A.K.S., D.M. and A.T.K contributed to development and evaluation. F.d.V.L., S.E.H and A.I.N. wrote the paper with input from all authors. A.I.N. supervised the project.

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Correspondence to Alexey I. Nesvizhskii.

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da Veiga Leprevost, F., Haynes, S.E., Avtonomov, D.M. et al. Philosopher: a versatile toolkit for shotgun proteomics data analysis. Nat Methods 17, 869–870 (2020).

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