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Is it possible to seqlinkage with a maximum parsimony or minimum evolution method?

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I try do construct a phylogenetic tree on basis of maximum parsimony (minimum evolution). The function seqlinkage can do this. Method choices are only UPGMA, single-linkage and others, but not the most basic: maximum parsimony. Is there another way to archieve this?


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Luuk van Oosten
Luuk van Oosten on 10 Mar 2017
Edited: Luuk van Oosten on 10 Mar 2017
Dear Anton Huegel,
I am not really familiar with constructing phylogenetic trees in MATLAB, but I believe you could use the function seqneighjoin.
"A neighbor-joining tree can be built using the seqneighjoin function. Neighbor-joining trees use the pairwise distance calculated above [in the example] to construct the tree. This method performs clustering using the minimum evolution method."
So this seems to indicate that the minimum evolution method is in fact included in MATLAB's bioinformatics toolbox...
If this is not sufficient for you: It also seems there is another toolbox available (see also file exchange) made by Cai and co-workers called MBEToolbox, which focuses on sequence data analysis. I had a quick look at it and it seems that maximum parsimony is available there.
Edit: some more on Cai's MBEToolbox: here

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Anton Hügel
Anton Hügel on 13 Mar 2017
Dear Luuk van Oosten,
thank you very much for your quick response. seqneighjoin will do the trick. And I will totally take a look at the toolbox you mentioned, it seems to have great functionality in this topic.
Thank you very much again, all the best Anton Hügel

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