reference to ML B&B

Korbinian Strimmer korbinian.strimmer at zoology.oxford.ac.uk
Tue Feb 8 12:37:56 EST 2000

On 7 Feb 2000, Joe Felsenstein wrote:

> From Quenoville's reported results, the branch and bound for ML in PAUP* is
> not doing as well as exhaustive search, and even takes longer!

That's indeed a bit surprising because the worst-case behaviour of
branch and bound should *is* exhaustive search ..

> The reason no one has written a paper on branch and bound for ML is that
> we don't know a good way to compute a tight bound.

Yes, I agree that finding such an estimate is the difficulty here.

Thanks also for confirming the non-existence of a b&b ML paper.


Korbinian Strimmer                  http://users.ox.ac.uk/~strimmer
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