Fast Algorithms for Inferring Evolutionary Trees

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1992-07-03
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Agarwala, Richa
Fernández-Baca, David
Slutzki, Giora
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Computer Science

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The Computer Science Department was officially established in 1969, with Robert Stewart serving as the founding Department Chair. Faculty were composed of joint appointments with Mathematics, Statistics, and Electrical Engineering. In 1969, the building which now houses the Computer Science department, then simply called the Computer Science building, was completed. Later it was named Atanasoff Hall. Throughout the 1980s to present, the department expanded and developed its teaching and research agendas to cover many areas of computing.

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We present algorithms for the perfect phylogeny problem restricted to binary characters. The first algorithm is faster than a previous algorithm by Gusfield when the input matrix for the problem is sparse. Next, we present two online algorithms. For the first of these, the characters are given as input one at a time, while, for the second, the species are given as input one at a time. These two online algorithms can easily be combined into an algorithm that can process any sequence of additions and deletions of species and characters.

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