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Counting RNA Secondary Structures and Related Problems

Danny Krizanc
Wesleyan University

April 28, 2011
JEC 3117- 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Predicting the secondary structure of an RNA molecule is an important step in deriving its three dimensional structure and from that a fuller understanding of how and why it does what it does. In this talk we derive closed form asymptotic expressions for the number of possible different secondary structures for RNA of a given length under different natural restrictions. We also discuss the expected number of base pairings in randomly generated such structures. Finally, we relate these results to some more classical counting problems

Hosted by: Dr. Mukkai S. Krishnamoorthy

Last updated: April 4, 2011