Counter based suffix tree for DNA pattern repeats

Tshepo Kitso Gobonamang, Dimane Mpoeleng

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In recent years, the string datasets have increased exponentially, so is the need to process them. Most of these datasets have been deeply rooted in the field of bioinformatics since the entire characteristics of any living organism is encoded in their genes. Genes consist of nucleic bases which will, therefore, makeup the entire genome. A genome is made of a concatenation of different types of nucleic bases. To efficiently extract the information encrypted in these sequences there is a need to use algorithms to decrypt it. Most available methods use the data structure commonly referred to as the suffix tree. They have tremendously evolved over the years, and the on-line construction of the suffix tree is deemed as the best data structure, however, it is not optimal when it comes to finding repeated sequences because of many traversals algorithm will have to do when identifying repeats. To improve the speed and of finding repeats we developed a counter based suffix tree algorithm. Our work presents a novel algorithm of constructing a counter based suffix tree without losing its properties. The counter based suffix tree time complexity is θ(n) where n represents the length of a string. Which is the same as the fastest suffix tree implementation. We have shown that the counter based suffix tree will reduce the search time when identifying repeats. We have proved that a counter based suffix tree can be developed during construction.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTheoretical Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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