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This is the development version of sparrow; for the stable release version, see sparrow.

Take command of set enrichment analyses through a unified interface

Bioconductor version: Development (3.20)

Provides a unified interface to a variety of GSEA techniques from different bioconductor packages. Results are harmonized into a single object and can be interrogated uniformly for quick exploration and interpretation of results. Interactive exploration of GSEA results is enabled through a shiny app provided by a sparrow.shiny sibling package.

Author: Steve Lianoglou [aut, cre] , Arkadiusz Gladki [ctb], Aratus Informatics, LLC [fnd] (2023+), Denali Therapeutics [fnd] (2018-2022), Genentech [fnd] (2014 - 2017)

Maintainer: Steve Lianoglou <slianoglou at>

Citation (from within R, enter citation("sparrow")):


To install this package, start R (version "4.4") and enter:

if (!require("BiocManager", quietly = TRUE))

# The following initializes usage of Bioc devel


For older versions of R, please refer to the appropriate Bioconductor release.


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biocViews GeneSetEnrichment, Pathways, Software
Version 1.11.0
In Bioconductor since BioC 3.14 (R-4.1) (2.5 years)
License MIT + file LICENSE
Depends R (>= 4.0)
Imports babelgene (>= 21.4), BiocGenerics, BiocParallel, BiocSet, checkmate, circlize, ComplexHeatmap(>= 2.0), data.table (>= 1.10.4), DelayedMatrixStats, edgeR(>= 3.18.1), ggplot2 (>= 2.2.0), graphics, grDevices, GSEABase, irlba, limma, Matrix, methods, plotly (>= 4.9.0), stats, utils, viridis
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