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# ALEX123

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ALEX123 (Analysis of Lipid EXperiments, for processing FTMS, MS2 and MS3 data) is software framework for analyzing high resolution shotgun and MALDI-based lipidomics data.
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+ The procedure for high confidence lipid identification using MALDI-based FTMS and ITMS2 data is described in Ellis et al. (2018, under review). A link to a user guide and an example dataset is provided below.


## Requirements

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+ The ALEX123 software framework is operational on desktop and labtop computers running Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Professional 64-bit), and having at least a 2.7 GHz dual core processor with at least 8 GB RAM. The user should have administrator rights.
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+ Install Java (64-bit) to use Java-based ALEX123 software modules.
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+ Install MSFileReader (64-bit) (”MSFileReader_x64_3.1 SP4.exe”) (Thermo Fisher Scientific) to use the Python-based ALEX123 converter.
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+ Install Python 3.6.1 (64-bit) and comtypes to use the Python-based ALEX123 converter. **Click here for instructions.**
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+ Install SAS 9.2 with SAS Enterprise Guide 5.1 to use scripts (file extension .epg) for automated high confidence lipid identification. **More information is available here.**
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+ Install Tableau® Desktop (version 10.2 or later) to use and modify data visualization templates (file extensions .twb). **More information is available here.**
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