Legal Strings

  • Andrzej Ehrenfeucht
  • Tero Harju
  • Ion Petre
  • David M. Prescott
  • Grzegorz Rozenberg
Part of the Natural Computing Series book series (NCS)

Abstract

We move now to consider a substantial simplification of representing micronuclear and intermediate genes. We shall use only the sequence of pointers in the order in which they appear in such a gene, obtaining in this way just a string of pointers. This yields the framework of legal strings, which is more abstract than the framework of MDS descriptors because different MDS descriptors may yield the same legal string. In this chapter we investigate the basic properties of the representation of the MDS structure by legal strings. In particular, we characterize those legals string that either correspond directly to realistic MDS descriptors or that can be signed so as to correspond to realistic MDS descriptors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrzej Ehrenfeucht
    • 1
  • Tero Harju
    • 2
  • Ion Petre
    • 3
  • David M. Prescott
    • 4
  • Grzegorz Rozenberg
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceÅbo Akademi UniversityTurkuFinland
  4. 4.Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental BiologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  5. 5.Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer ScienceLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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