Methods for Computational Gene Prediction

Methods for Computational Gene Prediction

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William H. Majoros
Cambridge University Press, 8/16/2007
EAN 9780521706940, ISBN10: 0521706947

Paperback, 448 pages, 24.7 x 17.5 x 2 cm
Language: English

Inferring the precise locations and splicing patterns of genes in DNA is a difficult but important task, with broad applications to biomedicine. The mathematical and statistical techniques that have been applied to this problem are surveyed and organized into a logical framework based on the theory of parsing. Both established approaches and methods at the forefront of current research are discussed. Numerous case studies of existing software systems are provided, in addition to detailed examples that work through the actual implementation of effective gene-predictors using hidden Markov models and other machine-learning techniques. Background material on probability theory, discrete mathematics, computer science, and molecular biology is provided, making the book accessible to students and researchers from across the life and computational sciences. This book is ideal for use in a first course in bioinformatics at graduate or advanced undergraduate level, and for anyone wanting to keep pace with this rapidly-advancing field.

Foreword Steven Salzberg
1. Introduction
2. Mathematical preliminaries
3. Overview of gene prediction
4. Gene finder evaluation
5. A toy Exon finder
6. Hidden Markov models
7. Signal and content sensors
8. Generalized hidden Markov models
9. Comparative gene finding
10. Machine Learning methods
11. Tips and tricks
12. Advanced topics
Appendix - online resources