# What is the ICGC normalized_read_count?

I downloaded gene expression data (exp_seq) from the ICGC file browser.

For each sample and gene, the file contains a normalized_read_count.

What is that value? I couldn't find any information on the ICGC website. The values are definitly too low for TPM.

• raw_read_count is the read count which you use as input for e.g. DESeq2. It has been estimated using RSEM
• normalized_read_count is equivalent to the scaled_estimate from TCGA. This is the estimated fraction of transcripts made up by a given gene, as estimated by RSEM. Multiplying this value with 1e6 yields the TPM.