An analysis of the Geodesic Distance and other comparative metrics for tree-like structures

16 Jan 2019  ·  Tavares Bernardo Lopo ·

Graphs are interesting structures: extremely useful to depict real-life problems, extremely easy to understand given a sketch, extremely complicated to represent formally, extremely complicated to compare. Phylogeny is the study of the relations between biological entities... From it, the interest in comparing tree graphs grew more than in other fields of science. Since there is no definitive way to compare them, multiple distances were formalized over the years since the early sixties, when the first effective numerical method to compare dendrograms was described. This work consists of formalizing, completing (with original work) and give a universal notation to analyze and compare the discriminatory power and time complexity of computing the thirteen here formalized metrics. We also present a new way to represent tree graphs, reach deeper in the details of the Geodesic Distance and discuss its worst-case time complexity in a suggested implementation. Our contribution ends up as a clean, valuable resource for anyone looking for an introduction to comparative metrics for tree graphs. read more

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