Date: 15 Mar 2002

Computing the Edit-Distance Between Unrooted Ordered Trees

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Abstract

An ordered tree is a tree in which each node’s incident edges are cyclically ordered; think of the tree as being embedded in the plane. Let A and B be two ordered trees. The edit distance between A and B is the minimum cost of a sequence of operations (contract an edge, uncontract an edge, modify the label of an edge) needed to transform A into B. We give an O(n 3 log n) algorithm to compute the edit distance between two ordered trees.