MAW specifications


Unique identifier OMICS_08453
Name MAW
Alternative name Minimal Absent Words
Software type Package/Module
Interface Command line interface
Restrictions to use Academic or non-commercial use
Operating system Unix/Linux
Programming languages C
License GNU General Public License version 2.0
Computer skills Advanced
Stability Stable
Maintained Yes


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  • person_outline Solon Pissis

Publication for Minimal Absent Words

MAW citations


On avoided words, absent words, and their application to biological sequence analysis

PMCID: 5348888
PMID: 28293277
DOI: 10.1186/s13015-017-0094-z

[…] The upper bound O(σn) on the number of minimal absent words of fixed length of a word of length n over an alphabet of size σ is tight if n+1≤σ≤n. […]


Absent words and the (dis)similarity analysis of DNA sequences: an experimental study

BMC Res Notes
PMCID: 4804535
PMID: 27004958
DOI: 10.1186/s13104-016-1972-z

[…] sed for this analysis. As is evident from our analysis, unfortunately, the GCC measure does not do very well in comparison to the other metrics despite that it is more related to the content of the minimal absent words. In particular, in most cases this measure is unable to capture the expected relationships (REL 1–REL 6) mentioned above. However, despite the overall relative poor performance, e […]

MAW institution(s)
Department of Informatics, King’s College London, The Strand, London, UK

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