[Bioc-devel] Moving minfi classes definition to a lighter package

Carlos Ruiz c@r|o@@ru|z @end|ng |rom |@g|ob@|@org
Mon Mar 1 18:24:03 CET 2021

Dear Bioc developers,

I have been developing different packages to analyze DNA methylation. In
all of them, I have used minfi's class GenomicRatioSet to manage DNA
methylation data, in order to take profit of the features of

Although I am very happy with the potential of the class, importing its
definition from minfi, makes me add the package to imports. As minfi has a
high number of dependencies (129 in the current release), my packages end
up having hundreds of dependencies too. This is particularly problematic as
I do not use any of the other functions of minfi.

I am wondering whether it could be possible to move minfi's class (or at
least GenomicRatioSet) to a lighter package, so people developing packages
on DNA methylation could rely on this class without having to import the
whole minfi package and its dependencies.

Thank you very much,

Carlos Ruiz


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