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# HW5: fmriprep

Due 3/15. Members of the fmriprep presentation group are exempt from this homework as a course requirement, but might want to use this as an opportunity to process their own data.

# Overview

Use singularity and the fmriprep container at ` /scratch/psyc5171/containers/fmriprep_1.5.9.sif` to preprocess some fMRI data.

You can apply fmriprep to either

1. The example dataset at `/scratch/psyc5171/exercises/mbdata/bids` OR
2. The dataset that you have identified for your final presentation

# Demo Dataset

The demo dataset is adapted from [ds001544]( and contains a single subject and session with T1w, T2w, bold/sbref, and epi fieldmap modalities. Note that the scans have been renamed from the original dataset and some of the metadata has been modified.

# Exercise

1. Fork and clone this repository to the cluster.
2. Edit the `` script to run fmriprep. You should use the following non default options:
- `--cifti-output` to generate a CIFTI dense timeseries, containing both cortical surface and subcortical volume data
3. Submit your job
4. When fmriprep has successfully run, use git to add, commit, push, and pull request.

# Usage Notes

The minimal fmriprep command is:

singularity run --cleanenv \
--bind ${BIDS_DIR}:/data \
--bind ${OUT_DIR}:/out \
/scratch/psyc5171/containers/fmriprep_1.5.9.sif \
/data /out participant

For surface processing using FreeSurfer (default, and required by the `--cifti-output` option), the path (with respect to the container) to a FreeSurfer license file must be provided using the `--fs-license-file` option. You can register for your own free license at []( or use the license file at `/scratch/psyc5171/exercises/mbdata/bids/code/license.txt`. One approach is to create a `code` directory in the bids folder and place the license file there. You can then provide this file as `--fs-license-file /data/code/license.txt`. If you use FreeSurfer/fmriprep outside of class, please register for a license.

You need to provide two directories for processing:

- `${BIDS_DIR}` is the full path to the BIDS folder. Since mriqc does not modify the input BIDS folder, you do not need to copy the input data to your own directory.
- `${OUT_DIR}` is the full path to a directory where the output files will go. This directory needs to be under your control and exist prior to running fmriprep (use `mkdir` to create a new directory). For example, you might create the directory `/scratch/${USER}/hw5/fmriprep` to store the output, and would replace the string `${OUT_DIR}` with this path, so the line would read `--bind /scratch/${USER}/hw5/fmriprep:/out`.
- The command above needs to be in a SLURM script. You can adapt a script from your previous homework as a starting point. Don't forget to include the `module load singularity` command in your SLURM script.
- See the slides for notes on resource needs. If you adjust the mriqc `--nprocs` option to use 2 or 3 processors, the script should not take more than 1 hour to run.

You should also [review the options]( for controlling CPU and memory usage and harmonize these with the resources requested in your SLURM request.

# Processing your own data

For your own dataset with multiple subjects, you have at least two options for managing performance:

1. Process all subjects in one job. This will make use of the parallel processing capabilities of fmriprep, but will generally require a long job runtime.
2. Process one subject in each job. To do this, add the option `--participant_label $1` to your fmriprep command. When submitting your job using `sbatch`, specify the subject ID to process without `sub-`, e.g.

sbatch 01

will process `sub-01`. You can submit a job for each subject and up to 8 jobs will run at once. `$1` is a special variable that refers to the first argument given to your `` script.

I recommend the second approach since your jobs can execute faster and job failure on a single subject will not affect processing for the others.

# git workarounds

- To associate your clone with your GitHub username, run the command

git remote set-url origin \
in your `hw5` directory. This will avoid the `The requested URL returned error: 403 Forbidden while accessing ` error when pushing.
- Use the command `unset SSH_ASKPASS` prior to pushing to avoid the error `(gnome-ssh-askpass:19484): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:`
- When committing, you can specify a short commit message on the command line with the `-m` option: `git commit -m 'commit message'`. If you do not do this, the default editor will open so you can write your commit message. The default is usually `vi`.
- Press `i` to enter insertion mode and write your message
- Press `ctrl-c` or `esc` to exit insertion mode
- Type `:wq` to save and quit or `:q!` to quite without saving

- The command `git status` will show files that have changed since the last commit.
- The command `git log` will show the commit history

# Resources

- The [BIRC computing guide]( has some more detailed instructions on running fmriprep. The guide also provides instructions for downloading the container image, but this has already been done for you.
- The [fmriprep]( webpage has additional documentation on the various options, and more detailed descriptions and references for various pipeline steps and outputs.

# Troubleshooting

- Consult your sbatch log files for clues to the cause of errors, e.g. missing files.
- It is sometimes neccessary to remove partial outputs from your mriqc output directory in order to successfully rerun the pipeline.
- fmriprep and many other BIDS Apps will create a `work` directory that stores temporary files. It can be helpful to also remove this directory before rerunning a failed fmriprep job.
- Files can be deleted with the `rm` command. Directories (and the directories/files they contain) can be removed with `rm -r`. Make sure you know what you are deleting before running this command!

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# Add commands needed to run fmriprep

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