








Paul Cordue,
Simone Linz and
Charles Semple. Phylogenetic Networks that Display a Tree Twice. In BMB, Vol. 76(10):26642679, 2014. Keywords: from rooted trees, normal network, phylogenetic network, phylogeny, reconstruction, tree child network. Note: http://www.math.canterbury.ac.nz/~c.semple/papers/CLS14.pdf.
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"In the last decade, the use of phylogenetic networks to analyze the evolution of species whose past is likely to include reticulation events, such as horizontal gene transfer or hybridization, has gained popularity among evolutionary biologists. Nevertheless, the evolution of a particular gene can generally be described without reticulation events and therefore be represented by a phylogenetic tree. While this is not in contrast to each other, it places emphasis on the necessity of algorithms that analyze and summarize the treelike information that is contained in a phylogenetic network. We contribute to the toolbox of such algorithms by investigating the question of whether or not a phylogenetic network embeds a tree twice and give a quadratictime algorithm to solve this problem for a class of networks that is more general than treechild networks. © 2014, Society for Mathematical Biology."






Leo van Iersel and
Simone Linz. A quadratic kernel for computing the hybridization number of multiple trees. In IPL, Vol. 113:318323, 2013. Keywords: explicit network, FPT, from rooted trees, kernelization, minimum number, phylogenetic network, phylogeny, Program Clustistic, Program MaafB, Program PIRN, reconstruction. Note: http://arxiv.org/abs/1203.4067, poster.
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"It has recently been shown that the NPhard problem of calculating the minimum number of hybridization events that is needed to explain a set of rooted binary phylogenetic trees by means of a hybridization network is fixedparameter tractable if an instance of the problem consists of precisely two such trees. In this paper, we show that this problem remains fixedparameter tractable for an arbitrarily large set of rooted binary phylogenetic trees. In particular, we present a quadratic kernel. © 2013 Elsevier B.V."



Peter J. Humphries,
Simone Linz and
Charles Semple. On the complexity of computing the temporal hybridization number for two phylogenies. In DAM, Vol. 161:871880, 2013. Keywords: agreement forest, APX hard, characterization, from rooted trees, hybridization, NP complete, phylogenetic network, phylogeny, reconstruction, time consistent network. Note: http://ab.inf.unituebingen.de/people/linz/publications/TAFapx.pdf.
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"Phylogenetic networks are now frequently used to explain the evolutionary history of a set of species for which a collection of gene trees, reconstructed from genetic material of different parts of the species' genomes, reveal inconsistencies. However, in the context of hybridization, the reconstructed networks are often not temporal. If a hybridization network is temporal, then it satisfies the time constraint of instantaneously occurring hybridization events; i.e. all species that are involved in such an event coexist in time. Furthermore, although a collection of phylogenetic trees can often be merged into a hybridization network that is temporal, many algorithms do not necessarily find such a network since their primary optimization objective is to minimize the number of hybridization events. In this paper, we present a characterization for when two rooted binary phylogenetic trees admit a temporal hybridization network. Furthermore, we show that the underlying optimization problem is APXhard and, therefore, NPhard. Thus, unless P=NP, it is unlikely that there are efficient algorithms for either computing an exact solution or approximating it within a ratio arbitrarily close to one. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved."







Peter J. Humphries,
Simone Linz and
Charles Semple. Cherry picking: a characterization of the temporal hybridization number for a set of phylogenies. In BMB, Vol. 75(10):18791890, 2013. Keywords: characterization, from rooted trees, hybridization, NP complete, phylogenetic network, phylogeny, reconstruction, time consistent network. Note: http://ab.inf.unituebingen.de/people/linz/publications/CPSpaper.pdf.
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"Recently, we have shown that calculating the minimumtemporalhybridization number for a set P of rooted binary phylogenetic trees is NPhard and have characterized this minimum number when P consists of exactly two trees. In this paper, we give the first characterization of the problem for P being arbitrarily large. The characterization is in terms of cherries and the existence of a particular type of sequence. Furthermore, in an online appendix to the paper, we show that this new characterization can be used to show that computing the minimumtemporal hybridization number for two trees is fixedparameter tractable. © 2013 Society for Mathematical Biology."








Celine Scornavacca,
Simone Linz and
Benjamin Albrecht. A first step towards computing all hybridization networks for two rooted binary phylogenetic trees. In JCB, Vol. 19:12271242, 2012. Keywords: agreement forest, explicit network, FPT, from rooted trees, phylogenetic network, phylogeny, Program Dendroscope, Program Hybroscale, reconstruction. Note: http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.3268.
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"Recently, considerable effort has been put into developing fast algorithms to reconstruct a rooted phylogenetic network that explains two rooted phylogenetic trees and has a minimum number of hybridization vertices. With the standard app1235roach to tackle this problem being combinatorial, the reconstructed network is rarely unique. From a biological point of view, it is therefore of importance to not only compute one network, but all possible networks. In this article, we make a first step toward approaching this goal by presenting the first algorithmcalled allMAAFsthat calculates all maximumacyclicagreement forests for two rooted binary phylogenetic trees on the same set of taxa. © Copyright 2012, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2012."



Steven Kelk,
Leo van Iersel,
Nela Lekic,
Simone Linz,
Celine Scornavacca and
Leen Stougie. Cycle killer... qu'estce que c'est? On the comparative approximability of hybridization number and directed feedback vertex set. In SIDMA, Vol. 26(4):16351656, 2012. Keywords: agreement forest, approximation, explicit network, from rooted trees, minimum number, phylogenetic network, phylogeny, Program CycleKiller, reconstruction. Note: http://arxiv.org/abs/1112.5359, about the title.
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"We show that the problem of computing the hybridization number of two rooted binary phylogenetic trees on the same set of taxa X has a constant factor polynomialtime approximation if and only if the problem of computing a minimumsize feedback vertex set in a directed graph (DFVS) has a constant factor polynomialtime approximation. The latter problem, which asks for a minimum number of vertices to be removed from a directed graph to transform it into a directed acyclic graph, is one of the problems in Karp's seminal 1972 list of 21 NPcomplete problems. Despite considerable attention from the combinatorial optimization community, it remains to this day unknown whether a constant factor polynomialtime approximation exists for DFVS. Our result thus places the (in)approximability of hybridization number in a much broader complexity context, and as a consequence we obtain that it inherits inapproximability results from the problem Vertex Cover. On the positive side, we use results from the DFVS literature to give an O(log r log log r) approximation for the hybridization number where r is the correct value. Copyright © by SIAM."






Josh Voorkamp né Collins,
Simone Linz and
Charles Semple. Quantifying hybridization in realistic time. In JCB, Vol. 18(10):13051318, 2011. Keywords: explicit network, FPT, from rooted trees, hybridization, minimum number, phylogenetic network, phylogeny, Program HybridInterleave, reconstruction, software. Note: http://wwwcsif.cs.ucdavis.edu/~linzs/CLS10_interleave.pdf, software available at http://www.math.canterbury.ac.nz/~c.semple/software.shtml.
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"Recently, numerous practical and theoretical studies in evolutionary biology aim at calculating the extent to which reticulationfor example, horizontal gene transfer, hybridization, or recombinationhas influenced the evolution for a set of presentday species. It has been shown that inferring the minimum number of hybridization events that is needed to simultaneously explain the evolutionary history for a set of trees is an NPhard and also fixedparameter tractable problem. In this article, we give a new fixedparameter algorithm for computing the minimum number of hybridization events for when two rooted binary phylogenetic trees are given. This newly developed algorithm is based on interleavinga technique using repeated kernelization steps that are applied throughout the exhaustive search part of a fixedparameter algorithm. To show that our algorithm runs efficiently to be applicable to a wide range of practical problem instances, we apply it to a grass data set and highlight the significant improvements in terms of running times in comparison to an algorithm that has previously been implemented. © 2011, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc."






Simone Linz,
Charles Semple and
Tanja Stadler. Analyzing and reconstructing reticulation networks under timing constraints. In JOMB, Vol. 61(5):715737, 2010. Keywords: explicit network, from rooted trees, hybridization, lateral gene transfer, NP complete, phylogenetic network, phylogeny, reconstruction, time consistent network. Note: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s002850090319y..
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"Reticulation networks are now frequently used to model the history of life for various groups of species whose evolutionary past is likely to include reticulation events such as horizontal gene transfer or hybridization. However, the reconstructed networks are rarely guaranteed to be temporal. If a reticulation network is temporal, then it satisfies the two biologically motivated timing constraints of instantaneously occurring reticulation events and successively occurring speciation events. On the other hand, if a reticulation network is not temporal, it is always possible to make it temporal by adding a number of additional unsampled or extinct taxa. In the first half of the paper, we show that deciding whether a given number of additional taxa is sufficient to transform a nontemporal reticulation network into a temporal one is an NPcomplete problem. As one is often given a set of gene trees instead of a network in the context of hybridization, this motivates the second half of the paper which provides an algorithm, called TemporalHybrid, for reconstructing a temporal hybridization network that simultaneously explains the ancestral history of two trees or indicates that no such network exists. We further derive two methods to decide whether or not a temporal hybridization network exists for two given trees and illustrate one of the methods on a grass data set. © 2009 The Author(s)."








Simone Linz. Reticulation in evolution. PhD thesis, HeinrichHeineUniversity, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2008. Keywords: agreement forest, FPT, from rooted trees, lateral gene transfer, phylogenetic network, phylogeny, SPR distance, statistical model. Note: http://docserv.uniduesseldorf.de/servlets/DocumentServlet?id=8505.






Magnus Bordewich,
Simone Linz,
Katherine St. John and
Charles Semple. A reduction algorithm for computing the hybridization number of two trees. In EBIO, Vol. 3:8698, 2007. Keywords: agreement forest, FPT, from rooted trees, hybridization, phylogenetic network, phylogeny, Program HybridNumber. Note: http://www.math.canterbury.ac.nz/~c.semple/papers/BLSS07.pdf.



