The transposition median problem is NP-complete

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The transposition median problem is NP-complete
During the last years, the genomes of more and more species have been sequenced, providing data for phylogenetic reconstruction based on genome rearrangement measures, where the most important distance measures are the reversal distance and the transposition distance. The two main tasks in all phylogenetic reconstruction algorithms is to calculate pairwise distances and to solve the median of three problem. While the reversal distance problem can be solved in linear time, the reversal median problem has been proven to be NP-complete. The status of the transposition distance problem is still open, but it is conjectured to be more difficult than the reversal problem. Therefore, it suggests itself that also the transposition median problem is NP-complete. However, this conjecture could not be proven yet. We now succeeded in giving a non-trivial proof for the NP-completeness of the transposition median problem.
Martin Bader
Added 15 May 2011
Updated 15 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where TCS
Authors Martin Bader
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