alexa A greedy algorithm for aligning DNA sequences.
Microbiology

Microbiology

Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology

Author(s): Zhang Z, Schwartz S, Wagner L, Miller W

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Abstract For aligning DNA sequences that differ only by sequencing errors, or by equivalent errors from other sources, a greedy algorithm can be much faster than traditional dynamic programming approaches and yet produce an alignment that is guaranteed to be theoretically optimal. We introduce a new greedy alignment algorithm with particularly good performance and show that it computes the same alignment as does a certain dynamic programming algorithm, while executing over 10 times faster on appropriate data. An implementation of this algorithm is currently used in a program that assembles the UniGene database at the National Center for Biotechnology Information. This article was published in J Comput Biol and referenced in Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology

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