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Needleman-Wunsch Algorithm (wikipedia.org)
10 points by jhund on June 20, 2015 | hide | past | favorite | 2 comments

This algorithm is typically used in Bioinformatics for gene alignment. I have used it successfully to align text translations. It's 45 years old and still very useful.

This is a de-facto project I give new bioinformatics students. It is simple enough for them to do with minimal programming experience (most of them have biology degrees), they have often already learned how to do it by hand in previous biology classes, and it is actually useful in research.

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