Application of a superword array in genome assembly.

Nucleic Acids Res. 2006 Jan 5;34(1):201-5. Print 2006.


We introduce a data structure called a superword array for finding quickly matches between DNA sequences. The superword array possesses some desirable features of the lookup table and suffix array. We describe simple algorithms for constructing and using a superword array to find pairs of sequences that share a unique superword. The algorithms are implemented in a genome assembly program called PCAP.REP for computation of overlaps between reads. Experimental results produced by PCAP.REP and PCAP on a whole-genome dataset show that PCAP.REP produced a more accurate and contiguous assembly than PCAP.


Huang X, Yang SP, Chinwalla AT, Hillier LW, Minx P, Mardis ER, Wilson RK.

Institute Authors

LaDeana Hillier, Patrick Minx