An algorithm for reconstructing ultrametric tree-child networks from inter-taxa distances

Bordewich M., Tokac N.

DISCRETE APPLIED MATHEMATICS, vol.213, pp.47-59, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 213
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.dam.2016.05.011
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.47-59
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: No


Traditional "distance based methods" reconstruct a phylogenetic tree from a matrix of pair wise distances between taxa. A phylogenetic network is a generalisation of a phylogenetic tree that can describe evolutionary events such as reticulation and hybridisation that are not tree-like. Although evolution has been known to be more accurately modelled by a network than a tree for some time, only recently have efforts been made to directly reconstruct a phylogenetic network from sequence data, as opposed to reconstructing several trees first and then trying to combine them into a single coherent network. In this work we present a generalisation of the UPGMA algorithm for ultrametric tree reconstruction which can accurately reconstruct ultrametric tree-child networks from the set of distinct distances between each pair of taxa. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.