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Tripartitions do not always discriminate phylogenetic networks

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Tripartitions do not always discriminate phylogenetic networks
Phylogenetic networks are a generalization of phylogenetic trees that allow for the representation of non-treelike evolutionary events, like recombination, hybridization, or lateral gene transfer. In a recent series of papers devoted to the study of reconstructibility of phylogenetic networks, Moret, Nakhleh, Warnow and collaborators introduced the so-called tripartition metric for phylogenetic networks. In this paper we show that, in fact, this tripartition metric does not satisfy the separation axiom of distances (zero distance means isomorphism, or, in a more relaxed version, zero distance means indistinguishability in some specific sense) in any of the subclasses of phylogenetic networks where it is claimed to do so. We also present a subclass of phylogenetic networks whose members can be singled out by means of their sets of tripartitions (or even clusters), and hence where the latter can be used to define a meaningful metric. Ó 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Gabriel Cardona, Francesc Rosselló, Gabriel
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Type Journal
Year 2007
Where CORR
Authors Gabriel Cardona, Francesc Rosselló, Gabriel Valiente
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