# A sub-cubic time algorithm for computing the quartet distance between two general trees

@inproceedings{Nielsen2011AST, title={A sub-cubic time algorithm for computing the quartet distance between two general trees}, author={Jesper Kj{\ae}r Nielsen and Anders K. Kristensen and Thomas Mailund and Christian N. S. Pedersen}, booktitle={Algorithms for Molecular Biology}, year={2011} }

- Published in Algorithms for Molecular Biology 2011
DOI:10.1186/1748-7188-6-15

BackgroundWhen inferring phylogenetic trees different algorithms may give different trees. To study such effects a measure for the distance between two trees is useful. Quartet distance is one such measure, and is the number of quartet topologies that differ between two trees.ResultsWe have derived a new algorithm for computing the quartet distance between a pair of general trees, i.e. trees where inner nodes can have any degree ≥ 3. The time and space complexity of our algorithm is sub-cubic… CONTINUE READING

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