MINCE ‐ bucketing-based reference-free compression


MINCE is a technique for encoding collections of short reads so that they can be more effectively compressed via a standard compressor like LZIP.

Binaries for the latest version of Mince for Mac OS X and Linux can be downloaded here.

The MINCE software is written in C++11 and is availble here under an open-source license.

If you use this software, please cite:

Carl Kingsford and Rob Patro. Data-dependent Bucketing Improves Reference-free Compression of Sequencing Reads. Under review (2015).

Installation & Requirements

Binaries for Mac OS X and Linux are available here.

You should also install plzip.

Download Source Latest Version: here.


Instructions for how to use Mince can be found here.