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CISC667, F05, Lec15, Liao1 CISC 667 Intro to Bioinformatics (Fall 2005) Phylogenetic Trees (II) Distance-based methods

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CISC667, F05, Lec15, Liao2 UPGMA – unweighted pair group method using arithmetic averages Distance between two clusters C i and C j : d ij = (1/|C i ||C j |) p Ci, q Cj d pq. Note: it is NOT always possible to interpret pairwise sequence similarity scores as metric distance.

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CISC667, F05, Lec15, Liao3 Algorithm: UPGMA Initialization: –Assign each sequence i to its own cluster C i –Define one leaf of T for each sequence, and place at height zero Iteration: –Determine the two clusters i, j for which d ij is minimal. –Define a new cluster k by C k = C i C j, and define d km for all m –Define a node k with daughter noes I and j, and place it at height d ij / 2. –Add k to the current clusters and remove i and j. Termination: –When only two clusters i, j remain, place the root at height d ij / 2.

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CISC667, F05, Lec15, Liao4 Ultrametric: for any triplet (x i, x j, x k ), distances d ij, d jk, d ki are either all equal or two are equal and the remaining is smaller. Molecular clock: two siblings evolve at the same constant rate. Such requirements are often not satisfied, and UPGMA trees then will be not correct. For example, 1 2 3 41423 Actual tree Tree reconstructed incorrectly using UPGMA

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CISC667, F05, Lec15, Liao5 Neighbor-joining: –Distances are additive. –Given a pair of leaves, determine if they are neighboring leaves (not necessarily with shortest distance) –Once we merge a pair of neighboring leaves, how do we compute the distance between this pair (as a whole, called k) and another leaf, called m? ½ (d im + d jm – d ij ) = ½ (d ik + d km + d jk + d km - d ik - d jk ) = ½ (d km + d km ) = d km. i j k m

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CISC667, F05, Lec15, Liao6 Without a tree, how can we know that if two leaves are neighbor (when neighbors do not mean shortest distance)? Theorem (Saitou & Nei, 1987): For each leaf i, define r i as r i = (1/(|L|-2)) k L d ik, where L stands for the set of leaves. Then a pair of leaves i and j will be neighboring leaves if D ij = d ij – (r i + r j ) is minimal.

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CISC667, F05, Lec15, Liao7 Example: d 12 = 0.3 D 12 = -0.9 d 13 = 0.5 D 13 = -1.2 d 14 = 0.6 D 14 = -1.1 d 23 = 0.6 D 23 = -1.1 d 24 = 0.5 D 24 = -1.2 d 34 = 0.9 D 34 = -1.1 r 1 = 0.7 r 2 = 0.7 r 3 = 1.0 r 4 = 1.0 Neighbor joining will generate unrooted trees. 12 34 0.1 0.4

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CISC667, F05, Lec15, Liao8 Pros and Cons of distance-based methods –Easy to implement, and fast to run –Robust to minor sequence errors –Distance-based phylogenetic trees do not generate ancestral sequences –Definition of “distance” may be problematic

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