## Section: New Results

### Robust Seriation and Applications To Cancer Genomics

The seriation problem seeks to reorder a set of elements given pairwise similarity information, so that elements with higher similarity are closer in the resulting sequence. When a global ordering consistent with the similarity information exists, an exact spectral solution recovers it in the noiseless case and seriation is equivalent to the combinatorial 2-SUM problem over permutations, for which several relaxations have been derived. However, in applications such as DNA assembly, similarity values are often heavily corrupted, and the solution of 2-SUM may no longer yield an approximate serial structure on the elements. In [52], we introduce the robust seriation problem and show that it is equivalent to a modified 2-SUM problem for a class of similarity matrices modeling those observed in DNA assembly. We explore several relaxations of this modified 2-SUM problem and compare them empirically on both synthetic matrices and real DNA data. We then introduce the problem of seriation with duplications, which is a generalization of Seriation motivated by applications to cancer genome reconstruction. We propose an algorithm involving robust seriation to solve it, and present preliminary results on synthetic data sets.