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Emperor is an interactive next generation tool for the analysis, visualization and understanding of high throughput microbial ecology datasets.

Due to its tailor-made graphical user interface, delving into a new dataset to elucidate the patterns hidden in the data, has never been easier. Emperor brings a rich set of customizations and modifications that can be integrated into any QIIME or scikit-bio compliant dataset; with lightweight data files and hardware accelerated graphics, constitutes itself as the state of the art for analyzing N-dimensional data using principal coordinates analysis.

If you use Emperor for any published research, please include the following citation:

EMPeror: a tool for visualizing high-throughput microbial community data
Vazquez-Baeza Y, Pirrung M, Gonzalez A, Knight R.
Gigascience. 2013 Nov 26;2(1):16.

You can find the Emperor paper here.