Nonextensive statistical approach to non-coding human DNA

Th Oikonomou, A. Provata, U. Tirnakli

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We use q-exponential distributions, which maximize the nonextensive entropy Sq (defined as Sq ≡ (1 - ∑i piq) / (q - 1)), to study the size distributions of non-coding DNA (including introns and intergenic regions) in all human chromosomes. We show that the value of the exponent q describing the non-coding size distributions is similar for all chromosomes and varies between 2 ≤ q ≤ 2.3 with the exception of chromosomes X and Y.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2653-2659
Number of pages7
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Apr 15 2008



  • Classical statistical mechanics
  • DNA
  • RNA
  • Structures and organization in complex systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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