Approximate Gene Cluster Discovery Problem (AGCDP)

Several genes across different genomes are grouped together as a result of functional dependencies. These set of genes that are kept together are called gene cluster. Identifying the set of clustered genes in the literature is widely studied in the fields of Biology and Computer Science. In the field of computation, biological problems as such are modelled as optimization problems. 

A model introduced by Rahman is the Approximate Gene Cluster Discovery Problem (AGCDP) where the genes are treated as integers and genomes are treated as a string of integers.

The input of AGCDP is the following.

  1. Set of integer strings which represent the genomes.
  2. Number of genes expected to be in the cluster

The solution of the problem is a set of genes which minimizes a certain score. Details on the score computation is detailed in the paper by Rahman. They also presented an integer linear programming formulation of the problem.


Randomized Computation

Randomized Computation
from Jhoirene Clemente


Lecture on Randomized Computation for our Computational Complexity class.

This lecture includes a short introduction to randomized algorithms.  It includes discussion on probabilistic Turing Machines (PTMs), TMs that make use of random number in its computation, as well as different complexity classes that it recognize. The complexity classes include the Bounded Error Probability Polynomial (BPP), RP, co-RP, and ZPP. Relationship of the said classes where also presented as well as their relationship to known complexity class such as P and NP.