# Optimal realisations

Date:
Tuesday 18th December 2007 - 10:40 to 11:00
Venue:
INI Seminar Room 1
Session Chair:
Stephen Willson
Abstract:

For a metric $(X,d)$ a weighted graph $G= (V, E, w)$ is called a realization of $d$ if (i) $X \subseteq V$ (ii) $d_g(x,y) = d(x,y)$ for all $x, y \in X$.

A realization is called {\em optimal} if the sum $\sum_{xy \in E} w(xy)$ is minimal among all the realizations. It is known that to find an optimal realization is NP-hard in general. But for the case of a tree-metric, i.e. a metric coming from a tree, it is the underlying (weighted) tree.

in this talk I will discuss properties of optimal realizations and why they are useful for the area of phyogenetic methods

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