Forthcoming title on “Information Theory for Bioinformatics”

While reading today I ran across a notice on Wiley’s German-based website that Viswanathan Arunachalam has a text on Information Theory for Bioinformatics which is scheduled to be released in June 2014.

From the publisher’s website, they provide the following synopsis:

This book discusses information theory as a means of extracting data from large amounts of biological sequences. Utilizing the Shannon theory, the book explains using the information theory principles to interpret sequences and extract vital information. It provides a detailed overview of the practical applications in bioinformatics and includes coverage of diversity in nucleotide and amino acid sequences, sing-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and indel sites, binding sites in promoter regions, splicing sites, and more.

If I can manage to get an early copy, I’ll provide a review shortly.

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One thought on “Forthcoming title on “Information Theory for Bioinformatics”

  1. Initially I had presumed (given his areas of expertise and his prior publications including a text with the same publisher) that the author of the above mentioned book was at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá / Universidad de los Andes. After a brief email exchange, it turns out (surprisingly to me) that, in fact, I was wrong. The serendipitous benefit is that the “wrong” Viswanathan Arunachalam has some excellent publications which are certainly worth looking into in the areas of probability, mathematics, bioinformatics, and mathematical biology. I’ve also taken a brief look at his text Introduction to Probability and Stochastic Processes with Applications (Wiley, 2012) and can recommend it for those who are just starting out in probability.

    The original mistaken portion of the original blog post appears below. My apologies again for the mistake.

    Assuming he’s the author (based on his academic website which doesn’t mention the book yet) Dr. Viswanathan Arunachalam is a mathematician by trade. Not having been aware of his work previously, I’m excited to delve into a bit of it as most researchers working in the area seem to be attacking these problems from the viewpoint of engineers, biophysicists, or biologists. He is one of the first people I’m aware of coming at this from a pure mathematics standpoint. I’ll try to post up some of his papers within the Mendeley group for ITBio shortly.

    Viswanathan Arunachalam
    Viswanathan Arunachalam

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