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Characterizing the D2 Statistic: Word Matches in Biological Sequences

Forêt, Sylvain; Wilson, Susan R; Burden, Conrad J


Word matches are often used in sequence comparison methods, either as a measure of sequence similarity or in the first search steps of algorithms such as BLAST or BLAT. The D2 statistic is the number of matches of words of k letters between two sequences. Recent advances have been made in the characterization of this statistic and in the approximation of its distribution. Here, these results are extended to the case of approximate word matches. We compute the exact value of the variance of the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009-10-08
Type: Journal article
Source: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology
DOI: 10.2202/1544-6115.1447


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