Journal of Mathematical Biology

, Volume 73, Issue 2, pp 283–303 | Cite as

Determining phylogenetic networks from inter-taxa distances

  • Magnus Bordewich
  • Charles Semple


We consider the problem of determining the topological structure of a phylogenetic network given only information about the path-length distances between taxa. In particular, one of the main results of the paper shows that binary tree-child networks are essentially determined by such information.


Phylogenetic network Tree-child network Temporal network Distance methods 

Mathematics Subject Classification

05C85 68R10 



The authors thank Taoyang Wu for highlighting an oversight in the original statement of Theorem 1.1.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Engineering Computer SciencesDurham UniversityDurhamUK
  2. 2.Biomathematics Research Centre, School of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

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