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[Answers] How is n-gram different from k-mer?

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How is n-gram different from k-mer? Both seem to be (n or k) length substrings of a larger string. Are these just terms common with different practitioners? viz. Computer Scientists and Bioinformaticians?

Asked By : Lord Loh.

Answered By : D.W.

Yes, they mean the same thing. A n-gram is a sequence of n consecutive things (words, letters, whatever). A k-mer is a sequence of k consecutive things (DNA basepairs). The phrase k-mer is more common in computational genomics.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N-gram and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-mer for definitions.

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