Comparative methods for RNA secondary structure prediction use evolutionary information from RNA alignments to increase prediction accuracy. The model is often described in terms of stochastic context-free grammars (SCFGs), which generate a probability distribution over secondary structures. It is, however, unclear how this probability distribution changes as a function of the input alignment. As prediction programs typically only return a single secondary structure, better characterisation of the underlying probability space of RNA secondary structures is of great interest. In this work, we show how to efficiently compute the information entropy of the probability distribution over RNA secondary structures produced for RNA alignments by a phylo-SCFG, and implement it for the PPfold model. We also discuss interpretations and applications of this quantity, including how it can clarify reasons for low prediction reliability scores. PPfold and its source code are available from http://birc.au.dk/software/ppfold/.
|B M C Bioinformatics
|Udgivet - 21 jan. 2013
|The Eleventh Asia Pacific Bioinformatic Conference - Vancouver, Canada
Varighed: 21 jan. 2013 → 24 jan. 2013
Konferencens nummer: 11th
|The Eleventh Asia Pacific Bioinformatic Conference
|21/01/2013 → 24/01/2013