Preprint D16/2006
Approximation to the Mean Curve in the LCS Problem
Heinrich Matzinger | Durringer, Clement | Hauser, Raphael
Keywords: Longest common subsequence problem | Chvatal-Sankoff constant | Steele conjecture | large deviation theory | convex analysis
The problem of sequence comparison via optimal alignments occurs naturally in many areas of applications. The simplest such technique is based on evaluating a score given by the length of a longest common subsequence divided by the average length of the original sequences. In this paper we investigate the expected value of this score when the input sequences are random and their length tends to infinity. The corresponding limit exists but is not known precisely. We derive a large-deviation, convex analysis and Montecarlo based method to compute a consistent sequence of upper bounds on the unknown limit.