On the repeat-annotated phylogenetic tree reconstruction problem. Academic Article uri icon


  • A new problem in phylogenetic inference is presented, based on recent biological findings indicating a strong association between reversals (i.e., inversions) and repeats. These biological findings are formalized here in a new mathematical model, called repeat-annotated phylogenetic trees (RAPT). We show that, under RAPT, the evolutionary process--including both the tree-topology as well as internal node genome orders--is uniquely determined, a property that is of major significance both in theory and in practice. Furthermore, the repeats are employed to provide linear-time algorithms for reconstructing both the genomic orders and the phylogeny, which are NP-hard problems under the classical model of sorting by reversals (SBR).

publication date

  • January 1, 2006