[A fast algorithm to build a supertree with a set of gene trees]

Mol Biol (Mosk). Jan-Feb 2012;46(1):176-83.
[Article in Russian]


Important desired properties of an algorithm to construct a supertree (species tree) by reconciling input trees are its low complexity and applicability to large biological data. In its common statement the problem is proved to be NP-hard, i.e. to have an exponential complexity in practice. We propose a reformulation of the supertree building problem that allows a computationally effective solution. We introduce a biologically natural requirement that the supertree is sought for such that it does not contain clades incompatible with those existing in the input trees. The algorithm was tested with simulated and biological trees and was shown to possess an almost square complexity even if horizontal transfers are allowed. If HGTs are not assumed, the algorithm is mathematically correct and possesses the longest running time of n3 x[V0]3, where n is the number of input trees and [V0] is the total number of species. The authors are unaware of analogous solutions in published evidence. The corresponding inferring program, its usage examples and manual are freely available at http://lab6.iitp.ru/en/super3gl. The available program does not implement HGTs. The generalized case is described in the publication "A tree nearest in average to a set of trees" (Information Transmission Problems, 2011).

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Gene Transfer, Horizontal*
  • Humans
  • Phylogeny*
  • Software