Fighting network space: it is time for an SQL-type language to filter phylogenetic networks

Fighting network space: it is time for an SQL-type language to filter phylogenetic networks
Steven Kelk, Simone Linz, David A. Morrison
(Submitted on 25 Oct 2013)

The search space of rooted phylogenetic trees is vast and a major research focus of recent decades has been the development of algorithms to effectively navigate this space. However this space is tiny when compared with the space of rooted phylogenetic networks, and navigating this enlarged space remains a poorly understood problem. This, and the difficulty of biologically interpreting such networks, obstructs adoption of networks as tools for modelling reticulation. Here, we argue that the superimposition of biologically motivated constraints, via an SQL-style language, can both stimulate use of network software by biologists and potentially significantly prune the search space.

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