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Tanglegrams for Rooted Phylogenetic Trees and Networks

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In systematic biology, one is often faced with the task of comparing different phylogenetic trees, in particular in multi- gene analysis or cospeciation studies. One approach is to use a tanglegram in which two rooted phylogenetic trees are drawn opposite each other, using auxiliary lines to connect matching taxa. There is an increasing interest in using rooted phylogenetic networks to represent evolutionary history, so as to explicitly represent reticulate events, such as horizontal gene transfer, hybridization or reassortment. Thus, the question arises how to define and compute a tanglegram for such networks.

Here we present the first formal definition of a tanglegram for rooted phylogenetic networks and present a heuristic approach for computing one. We compare the performance of our method with existing tree tanglegram algorithms and also show a typical application to real biological data sets. For maximum usability, the algorithm does not require that the trees or networks are bifurcating or bicombining, or that they are on identical taxon sets. The algorithm is implemented in our program Dendroscope 3, which is freely available from www.dendroscope. org.

This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series.

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