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This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of the Third Annual RECOMB Satellite Workshop on Massively Parallel Sequencing (RECOMB-seq 2013)

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A random-permutations-based approach to fast read alignment

Roy Lederman

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Applied Mathematics Program, Yale University, 51 Prospect st. New Haven, CT 06511, USA

BMC Bioinformatics 2013, 14(Suppl 5):S8  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-14-S5-S8

Published: 10 April 2013



Read alignment is a computational bottleneck in some sequencing projects. Most of the existing software packages for read alignment are based on two algorithmic approaches: prefix-trees and hash-tables. We propose a new approach to read alignment using random permutations of strings.


We present a prototype implementation and experiments performed with simulated and real reads of human DNA. Our experiments indicate that this permutations-based prototype is several times faster than comparable programs for fast read alignment and that it aligns more reads correctly.


This approach may lead to improved speed, sensitivity, and accuracy in read alignment. The algorithm can also be used for specialized alignment applications and it can be extended to other related problems, such as assembly.

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