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):1879-1890, 2013.
Keywords: characterization, cherry-picking, from rooted trees, hybridization, NP complete, phylogenetic network, phylogeny, reconstruction, time consistent network.
"Recently, we have shown that calculating the minimum-temporal-hybridization number for a set P of rooted binary phylogenetic trees is NP-hard 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 minimum-temporal hybridization number for two trees is fixed-parameter tractable. © 2013 Society for Mathematical Biology."