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Can one hear the shape of a population history?

Author(s): Kim, J; Mossel, E; Rácz, Miklos Z; Ross, N

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Abstract: © 2014 Elsevier Inc. Reconstructing past population size from present day genetic data is a major goal of population genetics. Recent empirical studies infer population size history using coalescent-based models applied to a small number of individuals. Here we provide tight bounds on the amount of exact coalescence time data needed to recover the population size history of a single, panmictic population at a certain level of accuracy. In practice, coalescence times are estimated from sequence data and so our lower bounds should be taken as rather conservative.
Publication Date: 1-Mar-2015
Citation: Kim, J, Mossel, E, Rácz, MZ, Ross, N. (2015). Can one hear the shape of a population history?. Theoretical Population Biology, 100 (26 - 38. doi:10.1016/j.tpb.2014.12.002
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tpb.2014.12.002
ISSN: 0040-5809
EISSN: 1096-0325
Pages: 26 - 38
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Theoretical Population Biology
Version: Author's manuscript

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