Pattern Identification in Biogeography

  • Ganeshkumar Ganapathy
  • Barbara Goodson
  • Robert Jansen
  • Vijaya Ramachandran
  • Tandy Warnow
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3692)


We develop and study two distance metrics for area cladograms (leaf-labeled trees where many leaves can share the same label): the edge contract-and-refine metric and the MAAC distance metric. We demonstrate that in contrast to phylogenies, the contract-and-refine distance between two area cladograms is not identical to the character encoding distance, and the latter is not a metric. We present a polynomial time algorithm to compute the MAAC distance, based on a polynomial-time algorithm for computing the largest common pruned subtree of two area cladograms. We also describe a linear time algorithm to decide if two area cladograms are identical.


Mast Problem Edit Distance Ecological Zone Maximum Agreement Leaf Label 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ganeshkumar Ganapathy
    • 1
  • Barbara Goodson
    • 2
  • Robert Jansen
    • 2
  • Vijaya Ramachandran
    • 1
  • Tandy Warnow
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer SciencesThe University of Texas at Austin
  2. 2.Section of Integrative Biology, School of Biological SciencesThe University of Texas at Austin

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