Biology 545 - Readings
January 16: Felsenstein 2001. A perspective from an original advocate 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?
January 30: Feng & Doolittle 1987. A foundational paper in Progressive Sequence Alignment.
February 13: Nei et al. 1998. The argument is made here that fast methods are frequently sufficient.