Phylogenetics from an algebraic perspective

Department of Mathematics - Cycle of seminars
22 November 2022
Start time 
11:30 am
PovoZero - Via Sommarive 14, Povo (Trento)
Seminar Room"-1" (Povo 0)
Dipartimento di Matematica
Target audience: 
University community
UniTrento students
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Contact person: 
Elisa Postinghel, Andrea Pinamonti
Contact details: 
Università degli Studi Trento 38123 Povo (TN) - Staff Dipartimento di Matematica
Marta Casanellas (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcellona - Spain)

Abstract:  In the last years there has been an increase in the use of algebraic tools in phylogenetic reconstruction. As a Markov process of substitution of nucleotides along a phylogenetic tree can be viewed as a polynomial map, it is natural to use tools from algebraic geometry and computational algebra in this setting. We will explain how these tools are used in phylogenetics and we will introduce the use of semi-algebraic constraints, which mirror the probabilistic nature of the parameters used. We will show advantages and disadvantages of the use of these algebraic methods using real and simulated data.

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