Benchmark datasets and software for developing and testing methods for large-scale multiple sequence alignment and phylogenetic inference

C. Randal Linder, Rahul Suri, Kevin Liu, Tandy Warnow

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Abstract

We have assembled a collection of web pages that contain benchmark datasets and software tools to enable the evaluation of the accuracy and scalability of computational methods for estimating evolutionary relationships. They provide a resource to the scientific community for development of new alignment and tree inference methods on very difficult datasets. The datasets are intended to help address three problems: multiple sequence alignment, phylogeny estimation given aligned sequences, and supertree estimation. Datasets from our work include empirical datasets with carefully curated alignments suitable for testing alignment and phylogenetic methods for large-scale systematics studies. Links to other empirical datasets, lacking curated alignments, are also provided. We also include simulated datasets with properties typical of large-scale systematics studies, including high rates of substitutions and indels, and we include the true alignment and tree for each simulated dataset. Finally, we provide links to software tools for generating simulated datasets, and for evaluating the accuracy of alignments and trees estimated on these datasets. We welcome contributions to the benchmark datasets from other researchers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberecurrents.RRN1195
JournalPLoS Currents
Issue numberNOV
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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