Fastphylo: fast tools for phylogenetics.

Khan MA, Elias I, Sjölund E, Nylander K, Guimera RV, Schobesberger R, Schmitzberger P, Lagergren J, Arvestad L

BMC Bioinformatics 14 (-) 334 [2013-11-20; online 2013-11-20]

Distance methods are ubiquitous tools in phylogenetics. Their primary purpose may be to reconstruct evolutionary history, but they are also used as components in bioinformatic pipelines. However, poor computational efficiency has been a constraint on the applicability of distance methods on very large problem instances. We present fastphylo, a software package containing implementations of efficient algorithms for two common problems in phylogenetics: estimating DNA/protein sequence distances and reconstructing a phylogeny from a distance matrix. We compare fastphylo with other neighbor joining based methods and report the results in terms of speed and memory efficiency. Fastphylo is a fast, memory efficient, and easy to use software suite. Due to its modular architecture, fastphylo is a flexible tool for many phylogenetic studies.

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PubMed 24255987

DOI 10.1186/1471-2105-14-334

Crossref 10.1186/1471-2105-14-334

pii: 1471-2105-14-334
pmc: PMC4225504

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