The Lost Recipes from the Four Schools of Amathus

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  • Gunnar W. KlauEmail author
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 12011)


This paper tells the story of the Four Schools of Amathus and the lost recipes for a legendary dish that attracted many people to the ancient royal city. Deciphering the recipes from snippets of the ancient scrolls that have been found recently seems to be an impossible task. Fortunately, the problem bears a strong resemblance to the haplotype phasing problem, which has been studied in more recent times. We point out the similarities between these problems, how they can be formulated as optimization problems and survey different solution strategies.


Amathus Haplotype phasing Polyploid species 



I wish to thank all the co-authors of the various papers on haplotype phasing mentioned in Sect. 3, especially Sven Schrinner and Tobias Marschall, Jana Ebler and Rebecca Serra Mari for the nice collaboration on the polyploid phasing problem. Thanks to Philipp Spohr for inspirations shaping the Amathus story and to Nguyen Khoa Tran for providing the beautiful drawing of Athena, Barnabas, Charalambos and Daphne.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, Algorithmic Bioinformatics groupHeinrich Heine University DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany

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