Jack Sullivan 

Updated Spring, 2015

Biology 545 - Readings

January 19: Felsenstein 2001. A perspective from the champion of statistical approaches.

Optional: Siddall & Kluge 1997. An example of the arguments made against statistical approaches. It's a long slog; it illustrates the resistance to statistical approaches to phylogenetics, as does the text by Shuh and Brower (2009).

Question for discussion: Why is it that statistical approaches have become dominant?

February 2: Feng & Doolittle 1987. A foundational paper in Progressive Sequence Alignment.

February 16: Nei et al. 1998. The argument is made here that fast methods are frequently sufficient.