Basic Phylogenetic Combinatorics

Basic Phylogenetic Combinatorics

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Phylogenetic combinatorics is a branch of discrete applied mathematics concerned with the combinatorial description and analysis of phylogenetic trees and related mathematical structures such as phylogenetic networks and tight spans. Based on a natural conceptual framework, the book focuses on the interrelationship between the principal options for encoding phylogenetic trees: split systems, quartet systems and metrics. Such encodings provide useful options for analyzing and manipulating phylogenetic trees and networks, and are at the basis of much of phylogenetic data processing. This book highlights how each one provides a unique perspective for viewing and perceiving the combinatorial structure of a phylogenetic tree and is, simultaneously, a rich source for combinatorial analysis and theory building. Graduate students and researchers in mathematics and computer science will enjoy exploring this fascinating new area and learn how mathematics may be used to help solve topical problems arising in evolutionary more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 55 b/w illus.
  • 1139019767
  • 9781139019767

Review quote

"This book concerns the combinatorial description of phylogenetic trees and related structures such as phylogenetic networked and tight spans. The book presents a system approach which includes both classical and new results." Stephen J. Willson, Mathematical Reviewsshow more

Table of contents

1. Preliminaries; 2. Encoding X-trees; 3. Consistency of X-tree encodings; 4. From split systems to networks; 5. From metrics to networks; 6. From quartet and tree systems to trees; 7. From metrics to split systems and back; 8. Maps to and from quartet systems; 9. Rooted trees and the Farris transform; 10. On measuring and removing more