Consistency of the Neighbor-Net algorithm

Bryant, David, Moulton, Vincent and Spillner, Andreas (2007) Consistency of the Neighbor-Net algorithm. Algorithms for Molecular Biology, 2 (8). ISSN 1748-7188

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Abstract

Background Neighbor-Net is a novel method for phylogenetic analysis that is currently being widely used in areas such as virology, bacteriology, and plant evolution. Given an input distance matrix, Neighbor-Net produces a phylogenetic network, a generalization of an evolutionary or phylogenetic tree which allows the graphical representation of conflicting phylogenetic signals. Results In general, any network construction method should not depict more conflict than is found in the data, and, when the data is fitted well by a tree, the method should return a network that is close to this tree. In this paper we provide a formal proof that Neighbor-Net satisfies both of these requirements so that, in particular, Neighbor-Net is statistically consistent on circular distances.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Computing Sciences
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Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:41
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 19:14
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/2952
DOI: 10.1186/1748-7188-2-8

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