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Inferring population history with DIY ABC: a user-friendly approach to approximate Bayesian computation

Cornuet, J. M., Santos, F., Beaumont, M. A., Robert, C. P., Marin, J. M., Balding, D. J., Guillemaud, T. and Estoup, A. (2008) Inferring population history with DIY ABC: a user-friendly approach to approximate Bayesian computation. Bioinformatics, 24 (23). pp. 2713-2719. ISSN 1367-4803

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btn514

Abstract/Summary

Genetic data obtained on population samples convey information about their evolutionary history. Inference methods can extract part of this information but they require sophisticated statistical techniques that have been made available to the biologist community (through computer programs) only for simple and standard situations typically involving a small number of samples. We propose here a computer program (DIY ABC) for inference based on approximate Bayesian computation (ABC), in which scenarios can be customized by the user to fit many complex situations involving any number of populations and samples. Such scenarios involve any combination of population divergences, admixtures and population size changes. DIY ABC can be used to compare competing scenarios, estimate parameters for one or more scenarios and compute bias and precision measures for a given scenario and known values of parameters (the current version applies to unlinked microsatellite data). This article describes key methods used in the program and provides its main features. The analysis of one simulated and one real dataset, both with complex evolutionary scenarios, illustrates the main possibilities of DIY ABC.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
ID Code:9769
Uncontrolled Keywords:SUBDIVIDED POPULATION, MICROSATELLITES, COALESCENT, DIVERSITY, INFERENCE, GENETICS, DECLINE, MODELS, GROWTH

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