Algorithmic Framework for Approximate Matching Under Bounded Edits with Applications to Sequence Analysis

  • Sharma V. Thankachan
  • Chaitanya Aluru
  • Sriram P. Chockalingam
  • Srinivas Aluru
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10812)


We present a novel algorithmic framework for solving approximate sequence matching problems that permit a bounded total number k of mismatches, insertions, and deletions. The core of the framework relies on transforming an approximate matching problem into a corresponding exact matching problem on suitably edited string suffixes, while carefully controlling the required number of such edited suffixes to enable the design of efficient algorithms. For a total input size of n, our framework limits the number of generated edited suffixes to no more than a factor of \(O(\log ^k n)\) of the input size (for any constant k), and restricts the algorithm to linear space usage by overlapping the generation and processing of edited suffixes. Our framework improves the best known upper bound of \(n^2 k^{1.5}/ 2^{\varOmega (\sqrt{{\log n}/{k}})}\) for the classic k-edit longest common substring problem [Abboud, Williams, and Yu; SODA 2015] to yield the first strictly sub-quadratic time algorithm that runs in \(O(n\log ^k n)\) time and O(n) space for any constant k. We present similar subquadratic time and linear space algorithms for (i) computing the alignment-free distance between two genomes based on the k-edit average common substring measure, (ii) mapping reads/read fragments to a reference genome while allowing up to k edits, and (iii) computing all-pair maximal k-edit common substrings (also, suffix/prefix overlaps), which has applications in clustering and assembly. We expect our algorithmic framework to be a broadly applicable theoretical tool, and may inspire the design of practical heuristics and software.



This research is supported in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation under CCF-1704552 and CCF-1703489.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sharma V. Thankachan
    • 1
  • Chaitanya Aluru
    • 2
  • Sriram P. Chockalingam
    • 3
  • Srinivas Aluru
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer SciencePrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  3. 3.School of Computational Science and EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Institute for Data Engineering and ScienceGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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