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An O(ND) Difference Algorithm and Its Variations
 Algorithmica
, 1986
"... The problems of finding a longest common subsequence of two sequences A and B and a shortest edit script for transforming A into B have long been known to be dual problems. In this paper, they are shown to be equivalent to finding a shortest/longest path in an edit graph. Using this perspective, a s ..."
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The problems of finding a longest common subsequence of two sequences A and B and a shortest edit script for transforming A into B have long been known to be dual problems. In this paper, they are shown to be equivalent to finding a shortest/longest path in an edit graph. Using this perspective, a simple O(ND) time and space algorithm is developed where N is the sum of the lengths of A and B and D is the size of the minimum edit script for A and B. The algorithm performs well when differences are small (sequences are similar) and is consequently fast in typical applications. The algorithm is shown to have O(N +D expectedtime performance under a basic stochastic model. A refinement of the algorithm requires only O(N) space, and the use of suffix trees leads to an O(NlgN +D ) time variation.
Longest Common Subsequences
 In Proc. of 19th MFCS, number 841 in LNCS
, 1994
"... . The length of a longest common subsequence (LLCS) of two or more strings is a useful measure of their similarity. The LLCS of a pair of strings is related to the `edit distance', or number of mutations /errors/editing steps required in passing from one string to the other. In this talk, we explore ..."
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. The length of a longest common subsequence (LLCS) of two or more strings is a useful measure of their similarity. The LLCS of a pair of strings is related to the `edit distance', or number of mutations /errors/editing steps required in passing from one string to the other. In this talk, we explore some of the combinatorial properties of the suband supersequence relations, survey various algorithms for computing the LLCS, and introduce some results on the expected LLCS for pairs of random strings. 1 Introduction The set \Sigma of finite strings over an unordered finite alphabet \Sigma admits of several natural partial orders. Some, such as the substring, prefix, and suffix relations, depend on contiguity and lead to many interesting combinatorial questions with practical applications to stringmatching. An excellent survey is given by Aho in [1]. In this talk however we will focus on the `subsequence' partial order. We say that u = u 1 \Delta \Delta \Delta um is a subsequence of ...
Expected Length of Longest Common Subsequences
"... Contents 1 Introduction 1 2 Notation and preliminaries 4 2.1 Notation and basic definitions : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 4 2.2 Longest common subsequences : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 7 2.3 Computing longest common subsequences : : : : : : : : : : : 10 2.4 Expected length of longest c ..."
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Contents 1 Introduction 1 2 Notation and preliminaries 4 2.1 Notation and basic definitions : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 4 2.2 Longest common subsequences : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 7 2.3 Computing longest common subsequences : : : : : : : : : : : 10 2.4 Expected length of longest common subsequences : : : : : : : 14 3 Lower Bounds 20 3.1 Css machines : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 20 3.2 Analysis of css machines : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 26 3.3 Design of css machines : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 31 3.4 Labeled css machines : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 38 4 Upper bounds 45 4.1 Collations : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 45 4.2 Previous upper bounds : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 51 4.3 Simple upper bound (binary alphabet) : : : : : : : : : : : : : 55 4.4 Simple upper bound (alphabet size 3) : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 59 4.5 Upper bounds for binary alphabet : :
Measuring the Accuracy of PageReading Systems
 PH.D. DISSERTATION, UNLV, LAS VEGAS
, 1996
"... Given a bitmapped image of a page from any document, a pagereading system identifies the characters on the page and stores them in a text file. This “OCRgenerated” text is represented by a string and compared with the correct string to determine the accuracy of this process. The string editing ..."
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Given a bitmapped image of a page from any document, a pagereading system identifies the characters on the page and stores them in a text file. This “OCRgenerated” text is represented by a string and compared with the correct string to determine the accuracy of this process. The string editing problem is applied to find an optimal correspondence of these strings using an appropriate cost function. The ISRI annual test of pagereading systems utilizes the following performance measures, which are defined in terms of this correspondence and the string edit distance: character accuracy, throughput, accuracy by character class, marked character efficiency, word accuracy, nonstopword accuracy, and phrase accuracy. It is shown that the universe of cost functions is divided into equivalence classes, and the cost functions related to the longest common subsequence (LCS) are identified. The computation of a LCS can be made faster by a lineartime preprocessing step.
New Algorithms for the Longest Common Subsequence Problem
, 1994
"... Given two sequences A = a 1 a 2 : : : am and B = b 1 b 2 : : : b n , m n, over some alphabet \Sigma, a common subsequence C = c 1 c 2 : : : c l of A and B is a sequence that can be obtained from both A and B by deleting zero or more (not necessarily adjacent) symbols. Finding a common subsequenc ..."
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Given two sequences A = a 1 a 2 : : : am and B = b 1 b 2 : : : b n , m n, over some alphabet \Sigma, a common subsequence C = c 1 c 2 : : : c l of A and B is a sequence that can be obtained from both A and B by deleting zero or more (not necessarily adjacent) symbols. Finding a common subsequence of maximal length is called the Longest CommonSubsequence (LCS) Problem. Two new algorithms based on the wellknown paradigm of computing minimal matches are presented. One runs in time O(ns+minfds; pmg) and the other runs in time O(ns +minfp(n \Gamma p); pmg) where s = j\Sigmaj is the alphabet size, p is the length of a longest common subsequence and d is the number of minimal matches. The ns term is charged by a standard preprocessing phase. When m n both algorithms are fast in situations when a LCS is expected to be short as well as in situations when a LCS is expected to be long. Further they show a much smaller degeneration in intermediate situations, especially the second al...
Biological Sequence Comparison: An Overview of Techniques
, 1994
"... Introduction Molecular biologists often want to compare two or more DNA or amino acid sequences to measure their similarity. Sequences which are similar may either have descended from a common evolutionary ancestor, or may have evolved to have a similar function (divergent and convergent evolution, ..."
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Introduction Molecular biologists often want to compare two or more DNA or amino acid sequences to measure their similarity. Sequences which are similar may either have descended from a common evolutionary ancestor, or may have evolved to have a similar function (divergent and convergent evolution, respectively). The first kind of similarity is called "homology", although the term is (loosely) used to cover the second kind of similarity, too. One may want to determine homology in order to reconstruct evolutionary trees. Another important application of similarity testing is to determine the function of an unknown protein or piece of DNA: one can compare the query sequence with a database of sequences whose function is known, and predict the function of the query sequence based on the most similar match. (This highlights the relevance of various string searching techniques which have been developed in computer science; see for example [27].) The question of how to define simila