Heuristics for the Phylogeny Problem

A phylogeny is a tree that relates taxonomic units, based on their similarity over a set of characters. The problem of finding a phylogeny with the minimum number of evolutionary steps (the so-called parsimony criterion) is one of the main problems in comparative biology. In this work, we study different heuristic approaches to the phylogeny problem under the parsimony criterion. New algorithms based on metaheuristics are also proposed. All heuristics are implemented and compared under the same framework, leading to consistent and thorough comparative results. Computational results are reported for benchmark instances from the literature.


Journal of Heuristics 8 (2002), 429-447.



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