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On the Approximation of Computing Evolutionary Trees

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On the Approximation of Computing Evolutionary Trees
Given a set of leaf-labelled trees with identical leaf sets, the well-known MAST problem consists of finding a subtree homeomorphically included in all input trees and with the largest number of leaves. MAST and its variant called MCT are of particular interest in computational biology. This paper presents positive and negative results on the approximation of MAST, MCT and their complement versions, denoted CMAST and CMCT. For CMAST and CMCT on rooted trees we give 3-approximation algorithms achieving significantly lower running times than those previously known. In particular, the algorithm for CMAST runs in linear time. The approximation threshold for CMAST, resp. CMCT, is shown to be the same whenever collections of rooted trees or of unrooted trees are considered. Moreover, hardness of approximation results are stated for CMAST, CMCT and MCT on small number of trees, and for MCT on unbounded number of trees.
Vincent Berry, Sylvain Guillemot, François
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Where COCOON
Authors Vincent Berry, Sylvain Guillemot, François Nicolas, Christophe Paul
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