Phylogenetic analysis is a central tool in studies of comparative genomics. When a new region of DNA is isolated and sequenced, researchers are often forced to throw away months of computation on an existing phylogeny of homologous sequences in order to incorporate this new sequence. The previously constructed trees are often discarded, and the researcher begins the search again from scratch. The jumpstarting algorithm uses trees from the prior search as a starting point for a new phylogenetic search. This technique drastically decreases search time for large data sets. This kind of analysis is necessary as researchers analyze tree of life size data sets.
College and Department
Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Computer Science
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Mecham, Jesse Lewis, "Jumpstarting Phylogenetic Searches" (2006). All Theses and Dissertations. 483.
phylogenetics, jumpstart, alignment