Monday, February 27, 2006
VLDB2005 has some interesting papers. One which caught my eye is Efficiently Processing Queries on Interval-and-Value Tuples in Relational Databases[PDF] by Enderle et al. Why? Because with all the effort systematists are placing on estimating divergence times, it would be nice if a phylogeny database could recover phylogenies by time slices (as well as by taxa, geography, data type, author, etc.). Imagine being able to find phylogenies with divergence dates that spanned the K/T boundary, for example.