CS 482/682 Winter 2022

CS 482/682 Winter 2022

School of Computer Science

University of Waterloo

Term and Year of Offering: Winter 2022

Course Number and Title: CS482, Computational Techniques in Biological Sequence Analysis.

Lecture Time: Tue. and Thur. 11:30AM - 12:50PM.

Classroom: Online until further notice. MC4042 when classroom teaching is resumed by the university.

Instructor: Bin Ma,

Course Description:

Computer science principles and algorithms in biological sequence analysis. Topics include algorithms for sequence comparison, for large-scale database search in biological databases, for evolutionary tree reconstruction, for identifying important features in DNA and RNA sequences, for protein sequence identification and underlying computational techniques.

Course Objectives:

This course introduces the algorithms and computer science ideas used in understanding biological sequences. Whereas BIOL 365 introduced applications of computational techniques in genome analysis, this course focuses on their underlying algorithmic ideas.

Course Overview:


No textbooks. Course notes will be supplied on course website.


Assignment late policy:

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