Journal Article

Textual data compression in computational biology: a synopsis

Raffaele Giancarlo, Davide Scaturro and Filippo Utro

in Bioinformatics

Volume 25, issue 13, pages 1575-1586
Published in print July 2009 | ISSN: 1367-4803
Published online February 2009 | e-ISSN: 1460-2059 | DOI:
Textual data compression in computational biology: a synopsis

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Motivation: Textual data compression, and the associated techniques coming from information theory, are often perceived as being of interest for data communication and storage. However, they are also deeply related to classification and data mining and analysis. In recent years, a substantial effort has been made for the application of textual data compression techniques to various computational biology tasks, ranging from storage and indexing of large datasets to comparison and reverse engineering of biological networks.

Results: The main focus of this review is on a systematic presentation of the key areas of bioinformatics and computational biology where compression has been used. When possible, a unifying organization of the main ideas and techniques is also provided.

Availability: It goes without saying that most of the research results reviewed here offer software prototypes to the bioinformatics community. The Supplementary Material provides pointers to software and benchmark datasets for a range of applications of broad interest. In addition to provide reference to software, the Supplementary Material also gives a brief presentation of some fundamental results and techniques related to this paper. It is at:∼raffaele/suppMaterial/compReview/


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Subjects: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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