Seminar Details

Seminar Details


Nov 19

3:30 pm

Statistical Foundations of Distance-Based Phylogenetics

Lior Pachter


University of California, Berkeley

We will review some of the popular methods for distance-based phylogeny reconstruction with a focus on the statistical theory underlying the methods. In particular, we discuss least squares interpretations of the minimum evolution principle and neighbor-joining, and connections to Felsenstein's quantitative character models.