parsimony, maximum likelihood search, trees
The performance of maximum likelihood searches can be boosted by using the most parsimonious tree as a starting point for the search. The time spent in performing the parsimony search to find this starting tree is insignificant compared to the time spent in the maximum likelihood search, leading to an overall gain in search time. These parsimony boosted maximum likelihood searches lead to topologies with scores statisitically similar to the unboosted searches, but in less time.
Original Publication Citation
Using Parsimony to Guide Maximum Likelihood Searches, Kenneth Sundberg, Timothy O'Connor, Hyrum Carroll, Mark Clement, and Quinn Snell, IEEE Symposium on BioInformatics and BioEngineering (BIBE), Washington, D.C., October 27, pp 774-779.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Carroll, Hyrum; Clement, Mark J.; O'Connor, Timothy; Snell, Quinn O.; and Sundberg, Kenneth, "Using Parsimony to Guide Maximum Likelihood Searches" (2007). Faculty Publications. 230.
Physical and Mathematical Sciences
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