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Experimenting an Approximation Algorithm for the LCS

By Paola Bonizzoni, Gianluca Della Vedova and Giancarlo Mauri


The problem of finding the longest common subsequence (lcs) of a given set of sequences over an alphabet # occurs in many interesting contexts, such as data compression and molecular biology, in order to measure the "similarity degree" among biological sequences. Since the problem is NP-complete in its decision version (i.e. does there exist a lcs of length at least k, for a given k?) even over fixed alphabet, polynomial algorithms which give approximate solutions have been proposed. Among them, Long Run (LR) is the only one with guaranteed constant performance ratio

Year: 1998
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