Efficient exact pattern-matching in proteomic sequences

Sérgio Deusdado1, Paulo Carvalho2

Escola Superior Agrária1
Instituto Politécnico de Bragança
P-5300 Bragança, Portugal
E-mail: sergiod at ipb.pt

Universidade do Minho2
Departamento de Informática
P-4710-057 Braga, Portugal

E-mail: pmc at di.uminho.pt


This paper proposes a novel algorithm for complete exact pattern-matching focusing the specificities of protein sequences (alphabet of 20 symbols) but, also highly efficient considering larger alphabets. The searching strategy uses large search windows allowing multiple alignments per iteration. A new filtering heuristic, named compatibility rule, contributed decisively to the efficiency improvement. The new algorithm’s performance is, on average, superior in comparison with its best-rated competitors.
IWPACBB'09, Salamanca, Spain, June 2009