Census 2: isobaric labeling data analysis

Bioinformatics. 2014 Aug 1;30(15):2208-9. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btu151. Epub 2014 Mar 28.


Motivation: We introduce Census 2, an update of a mass spectrometry data analysis tool for peptide/protein quantification. New features for analysis of isobaric labeling, such as Tandem Mass Tag (TMT) or Isobaric Tags for Relative and Absolute Quantification (iTRAQ), have been added in this version, including a reporter ion impurity correction, a reporter ion intensity threshold filter and an option for weighted normalization to correct mixing errors. TMT/iTRAQ analysis can be performed on experiments using HCD (High Energy Collision Dissociation) only, CID (Collision Induced Dissociation)/HCD (High Energy Collision Dissociation) dual scans or HCD triple-stage mass spectrometry data. To improve measurement accuracy, we implemented weighted normalization, multiple tandem spectral approach, impurity correction and dynamic intensity threshold features.

Availability and implementation: Census 2 supports multiple input file formats including MS1/MS2, DTASelect, mzXML and pepXML. It requires JAVA version 6 or later to run. Free download of Census 2 for academic users is available at http://fields.scripps.edu/census/index.php.

Contact: jyates@scripps.edu

Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Isotope Labeling
  • Mass Spectrometry / methods*
  • Mice
  • Peptides / analysis
  • Peptides / chemistry
  • Proteins / analysis
  • Proteins / chemistry
  • Proteomics / methods*
  • Statistics as Topic / methods*


  • Peptides
  • Proteins