Missing the forest for the trees: phylogenetic compression and its implications for inferring complex evolutionary histories.

@article{An2005MissingTF,
  title={Missing the forest for the trees: phylogenetic compression and its implications for inferring complex evolutionary histories.},
  author={C{\'e}cile An{\'e} and Michael Sanderson},
  journal={Systematic biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={54 1},
  pages={
          146-57
        }
}
Phylogenetic tree reconstruction is difficult in the presence of lateral gene transfer and other processes generating conflicting signals. We develop a new approach to this problem using ideas borrowed from algorithmic information theory. It selects the hypothesis that simultaneously minimizes the descriptive complexity of the tree(s) plus the data when encoded using those tree(s). In practice this is the hypothesis that can compress the data the most. We show not only that phylogenetic… CONTINUE READING
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