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Cartographie et systèmes d'information géographique (SIG)

L'évolution actuelle est un tournant dans l'histoire de la cartographie : depuis des siècles les cartes, sous leurs différents formats, étaient soit pliées, comme les cartes routières (et déchirées à l'emplacement des plis...), soit conservées précieusement à plat dans les tiroirs de meubles spécialisés, comme les plans cadastraux. D'une administration à l'autre, d'une ville à l'autre, les échelles étaient différentes, de même, bien souvent, que les systèmes de projection, et leur mise en relation étaient souvent impossibles. La révolution cartographique qui est en cours depuis les années 1980 oblige à reconstruire la totalité de l'information cartographique. La conférence en donnera ...
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1.2. At the heart of the cell: the DNA macromolecule

During the last session, we saw how at the heart of the cell there's DNA in the nucleus, sometimes of cells, or directly in the cytoplasm of the bacteria. The DNA is what we call a macromolecule, that is a very long molecule. It's Avery, in 1944, who discovered that the DNA was the support of genetic information. But the scientists who are most well-known for DNA are Francis Crick and James Watson who discovered together, with Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin, in 1953, the structure of DNA, the famous double helix, the two strands. Here are Crick and Watson explaining on a very crude wire model far away ...
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1.3. DNA codes for genetic information

Remember at the heart of any cell,there is this very long molecule which is called a macromolecule for this reason, which is the DNA molecule. Now we will see that DNA molecules support what is called the "genetic information". So, DNAcodes for genetic information. How? If you consider this doublestrand molecule, DNA molecule, you remember that on each strandof the molecule, there is a succession of nucleotides. You can follow these nucleotides and write their name or moreexactly the initial of their name. And you will get what we call the sequence". Look: C, T, A and so on. The process by which you obtain this sequence of characters of ...
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1.4. What is an algorithm?

We have seen that a genomic textcan be indeed a very long sequence of characters. And to interpret this sequence of characters, we will need to use computers. Using computers means writing program. Writing program means designing first algorithm. So, let's see what an algorithm is. An algorithm is a series of operationsto be executed by a computer, but maybe also executed by ahuman, for solving a problem.  In the first algorithm we will study in this session and next one, the problem will be to count the number of different of the four different nucleotides which appeared in the sequence. It's a sequence of operations. You may say that in ...
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1.5. Counting nucleotides

In this session, don't panic. We will design our first algorithm. This algorithm is forcounting nucleotides. The idea here is that as an input,you have a sequence of nucleotides, of bases, of letters, of characters which ends with a star symbol, here. And, you want to count the number of A,C, G and T, and then the frequencies. To write an algorithm in thispseudo code language, you need first to declare on which objector variables you will work. Here, we declare severalinteger variables. What does it mean integer variables? That is a variable, the value of which can be an integer: 1, 2, 3, minus 9 and so on. So, integer ...
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1.6. GC and AT contents of DNA sequence

We have designed our first algorithmfor counting nucleotides. Remember, what we have writtenin pseudo code is first declaration of variables. We have several integer variables that are variables which cantake as a value an integer. One, two, three minus five and so on. We have the sequence of characters we want to interpret, declare as a character string oflengths and define. Then we have the initializationof our different variables. This symbol is a symbol for assignment, it means that zero becomes the value of total nb, nbT and soon and so on and here we say: index takes the value one. It means that we position at the beginning of ...
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1.7. DNA walk

We will now design a more graphical algorithm which is called "the DNA walk". We shall see what does it mean "DNA walk". Walk on to DNA. Something like that, yes. But first, just have a look again at the typical, also quite short sequence of DNA, a long text offour letters: A, C, G, T, T and so on. When the first sequence of DNA were obtained, the idea of using computers very quickly emerged but people didn't know exactly what to do with this sequence of characters. Again, there is a meaning behind the sequence because it is genetic information. It means it is the information ...
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1.8. Compressing the DNA walk

We have written the algorithm for the circle DNA walk. Just a precision here: the kind of drawing we get has nothing to do with the physical drawing of the DNA molecule. It is a symbolic representation. It is a way of representing the information content of the sequence as a drawing. Remember that the problem of the algorithm we designed is that it supposes the capacity of drawing several millions or billions of segments on the screen. This is not feasible. No screen will be large enough for that. So, how can we deal with this hardware constraint? Compression is the answer. Let's see that in more details. Remember, for each ...
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