University of Washington - Department of Genome Sciences
This talk will review the status of statistical analysis in the inference of phylogenies, a major problem in evolutionary biology. Phylogenies are "evolutionary trees." Biologists have been disputing whether or not statistical approaches to this problem of historical inference are valid. Among statistical phylogeneticists, there is controversy over the use the Bayesian inference. Some of the problems will be outlined, as well as some of the responses of various camps. It will turn out, of course, that the speaker's views are the most reasonable ones.