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Series: Oxford Lecture Series in Mathematics and its Applications Volume: 24

By: Charles Semple and Mike Steel

239 pages, Figs

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Feb 2003 | #133440 | ISBN: 0198509421
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This graduate-level book, based on the authors lectures at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, focuses on the mathematical aspects of phylogenetics. It brings together the central results of the field (providing proofs of the main theorem), outlines their biological significance, and indicates how algorithms may be derived. The presentation is self-contained and relies on discrete mathematics with some probability theory. A set of exercises and at least one specialist topic end each chapter.

The authors' versatility in words, as well as in mathematics, makes reading this book altogether an enjoyable experience for the mathematically-inclined. Systematic Biology The authors state in the preface that their intention is to provide "a reasonably self-contained overview of an expanding field". In our opinion, they certainly succeed in meeting that goal. Systematic Biology All in all, this book should serve as an excellent mathematical introduction to phylogenetics for beginners and as a good reference for experts in the field. Systematic Biology Concisely and clearly written, Phylogenetics is a must-read for mathematicians or computer scientists who wish to do research in molecular phylogenetics, computational biology and bioinformatics. I hope the book will attract powerful mathematicians into this exciting area of research. TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution ... this book provides a concise and lucid summary of the mathematics literature related to phylogenetics. TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution


Preliminaries; 1. Graphs and their role in biology; 2. X-trees and phylogenetic trees; 3. Trees and splits; 4. Compatibility of characters; 5. Maximum Parsimony; 6. Subtrees and supertrees; 7. Tree-based metrics; 8. Markov models on trees; References; Commonly-used symbols; Index

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