Constructing evolutionary trees in the presence of polymorphic characters

Maria Bonet, Cynthia Phillips, Tandy J. Warnow, Shibu Yooseph

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Abstract

Most phylogenetics literature and construction methods based upon characters presume monomorphism (one state per character per species), and yet polymorphism (multiple states per character per species) is well documented in both Biology and Historical Linguistics. In this paper we consider the problem of inferring evolutionary trees for polymorphic characters. We show efficient algorithms for the construction of perfect phylogenies from polymorphic data. These methods have been used to help construct the evolutionary tree proposed by Warnow, Ringe, and Taylor for the Indo-European family of languages, which was presented by invitation at the National Academy of Sciences in November 1995.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 28th Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, STOC 1996
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages220-229
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)0897917855
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1996
Externally publishedYes
Event28th Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, STOC 1996 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: May 22 1996May 24 1996

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing
VolumePart F129452
ISSN (Print)0737-8017

Other

Other28th Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, STOC 1996
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period5/22/965/24/96

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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