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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

3:00 pm in 243 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, September 27, 2017

#### Applications of Mining Public Genome Data to Recover Statistical Trends using Geometric Combinatorics

###### Ruth Davidson (UIUC)

Abstract: Websites such as TreeBASE.org and datadryad.org provide public access to a wealth of genomic data released with peer-reviewed biological publications. Phylogenomics-the recovery of the common evolutionary history of a group of taxa from short gene samples recovered from long genomes-is a basic area of research that gives rise to many quantitative methods for mining data for evolutionary signals. In turn, myriad fields such as ecology, medicine, and linguistics consume these methods; thus improved methods have very broad scientific impact. We present a publication (joint work with MaLyn Lawhorn, Joseph Rusinko, and Noah Weber) that provides a baseline framework, built on geometric combinatorics, for studying statistical trends in genomic data. Further, we will outline future research directions that will (1) build on this framework to inform the development of new theory and methods for model-testing, and (2) improve the understanding of trends in phylogenomic data in the systematic biology, computer science, statistics, and mathematics communities.

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, September 27, 2017