ML-DSP: The Software Tool That Answers Life’s Biggest Questions

A researcher from the University of Waterloo lead the development of a software tool that can provide answers to some of life’s biggest questions!

Named ML-DSP, the tool is a combination of machine learning and digital signal processing. It can answer questions like ‘how many different species exist on the Earth and oceans’ and ‘how are existing, newly-discovered, and extinct species related to each other?’

The tool has the potential to identify the specific strain of a virus that could lead to the creation of precise drugs to be developed and prescribed to treat it.

ML-DSP is an alignment-free software tool that transforms a DNA sequence into a numerical digital signal.

“Even if we only have small fragments of DNA we can still classify DNA sequences, regardless of their origin, or whether they are natural, synthetic, or computer-generated,” said Lila Kari, a professor in Waterloo’s Faculty of Mathematics.

When ML-DSP was compared to other similar software tools, it overwhelmingly outperformed the tools in terms of processing time and classification accuracy.

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