Gepard: a rapid and sensitive tool for creating dotplots on genome scale

Bioinformatics. 2007 Apr 15;23(8):1026-8. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btm039. Epub 2007 Feb 19.


Gepard provides a user-friendly, interactive application for the quick creation of dotplots. It utilizes suffix arrays to reduce the time complexity of dotplot calculation to Theta(m*log n). A client-server mode, which is a novel feature for dotplot creation software, allows the user to calculate dotplots and color them by functional annotation without any prior downloading of sequence or annotation data.

Availability: Both source codes and executable binaries are available at

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Chromosome Mapping / methods*
  • Computer Graphics*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface*