Segmented nestedness in binary data

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Segmented nestedness in binary data
A binary matrix is fully nested if its columns form a chain of subsets; that is, any two columns are ordered by the subset relation, where we view each column as a subset of the rows indicated by the 1-entries. A binary matrix is k-nested if its columns can be partitioned into k pairwise disjoint blocks, each of which is fully nested. Such nested patterns are encountered, for example, in presence/absence patterns of species in ecological data. We study the automated discovery of k-nestedness on synthetic data and real ecological data. First, we show that k-nestedness can be efficiently discovered in a noisefree setting using a polynomial-time algorithm. Second, we show that it is NP-hard to find a k-nested matrix that minimizes the Hamming distance to a given dataset. Thus, it is likely that in the presence of noise no efficient algorithm exists for discovering k-nestedness in the general case. Third, we develop and evaluate multiple heuristic algorithms for discovering k-nestedness ...
Esa Junttila, Petteri Kaski
Added 17 Sep 2011
Updated 17 Sep 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where SDM
Authors Esa Junttila, Petteri Kaski
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