BBKNN: fast batch alignment of single cell transcriptomes

Bioinformatics. 2020 Feb 1;36(3):964-965. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btz625.


Motivation: Increasing numbers of large scale single cell RNA-Seq projects are leading to a data explosion, which can only be fully exploited through data integration. A number of methods have been developed to combine diverse datasets by removing technical batch effects, but most are computationally intensive. To overcome the challenge of enormous datasets, we have developed BBKNN, an extremely fast graph-based data integration algorithm. We illustrate the power of BBKNN on large scale mouse atlasing data, and favourably benchmark its run time against a number of competing methods.

Availability and implementation: BBKNN is available at, along with documentation and multiple example notebooks, and can be installed from pip.

Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Animals
  • Mice
  • RNA-Seq
  • Transcriptome*
  • Whole Exome Sequencing