Evolutionary Trees and Ordinal Assertions

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Evolutionary Trees and Ordinal Assertions
Sequence data for a group of species is often summarized by a distance matrix M where M[s, t] is the dissimilarity between the sequences of species s and t. An ordinal assertion is a statement of the form "species a and b are as similar as species c and d" and is supported by distance matrix M if M[a, b] M[c, d]. Recent preliminary research suggests that ordinal assertions can be used to reconstruct the evolutionary history of a group of species effectively. However, further research on the mathematical and algorithmic properties of ordinal assertions is needed to facilitate the development and assessment of inference methods that utilize ordinal assertions for reconstructing evolutionary histories. A (weighted) ordinal representation of a distance matrix M is a (weighted) phylogeny T such that, for all species a, b, c, and d labeling T , dT (a, b) dT (c, d) if and only if M[a, b] M[c, d], where dT is the weighted path length when T is weighted, otherwise dT is the unweigh...
Paul E. Kearney, Ryan Hayward, Henk Meijer
Added 22 Dec 2010
Updated 22 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 1999
Authors Paul E. Kearney, Ryan Hayward, Henk Meijer
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