We recognize that there is no single metric that can be used to assess “correct”. Therefore we are designating several metrics for defining sensitivity and specificity.


Examples of performance metrics include, but may not be limited to:


1.  Specificity – Were the correct organisms identified?

a. Genus

b. Species

c. Strain


2.  Sensitivity – Relative abundance of the individual components


3.  Background – False positives


4.  Efficiency – Most correct after normalizing for sequencing depth

Aug 15th 2017

NIST and CosmosID presents the results and announces a winner at the NIST Pathogen Detection Workshop