Improved algorithms for searching restriction maps

Webb Miller, John Barr, Kenneth E. Rudd

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We present algorithms for searching a DNA restriction enzyme map for a region that best matches a shorter 'probe' map. Our algorithms utilize a new model of map alignments, and extensive experiments prove our model superior to earlier approaches for certain applications. Let M be the number of map sites and P be the number of probe sites. Our first algorithm, which optimizes only over a restricted class of alignments, requires O(MP log P) worst-case time and O(M + P) space. Our second algorithm, which optimizes over all alignments, runs in O(MP3) time and O(M + p2) space, under reasonable assumptions about the distribution of restriction enzyme cleavage sites. Combining the algorithms gives a map-searching method that optimizes over all alignments in O(MP log P) time in practice. The algorithms' effectiveness is illustrated by searches involving a genomic restriction map of Escherichia coli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-456
Number of pages10
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics


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