Idaho Math/Bio 563
WSU Math 563 Bio 566
The first and homework assignment is due Sept. 26.
The second homework assignment is due Oct. 3.
The third homework assignment is due Oct. 17
The fourth homework assignment is due Oct. 31
The fifth homework assignment is due Nov. 7
The sixth homework assignment is due Nov. 16
The seventh homework assignment is due Nov. 30
Student projects and reading materials are posted on the syllabus.
Coalescent Theory Slides
Approximate Bayesian Computation
Assignments and Homework
Mathematical and Conceptual Foundations
by Sean Rice
A list of typos
Suggested reference books
Gene Genealogies, Variation and Evolution
by Hein, Schierup and Wiuf
Coalescent Theory, An Introduction
by John Wakeley
(1) Gain exposure to, and experience with, major topics and methods in mathematical genetics;
contemporary literature in mathematical genetics.
We plan to achieve the goals of the course through a series of instructor led “workshops” topics in mathematical genetics during the first part of the course and student led group discussions during the second part of the course. One or two readings will usually be assigned per topic: one for background and a second for discussion.
For workshops, an instructor will briefly motivate the topic, outline the analyses, and summarize the main results. The class will then work through the reading(s) as a group, stopping to clarify steps, methods, or concepts that are ambiguous. Ideally, students who understand a step/method/concept will do the clarifying. Of course, the instructors will help regulate the flow of discussion and contribute lucid explanations as necessary! The instructors will also suggest homework problems which all students will be expected to attempt. For this workshop format to succeed, it is critical that every student works to understand the readings prior to class. If, in the course of reading the material, you don’t understand something (e..g., a term, concept, manipulation, or technique) make a note of it and go through the remaining material as best you can. Be sure to bring your notes to class.
will cover topics chosen by students (topics—which may involve original
research—must be pre-approved by the instructors). Leaders should
prepare handouts and readings that their fellow students will read
to the discussion.
A recombination program
of phylogenetic software
Half of the grade in this course will based on the quality of a student planned and executed group discussion during the second part of the course. The other half of your grade will be based on in-class participation. Your participation grade will be based on (a) attendance [10%], (b) the contributions you make during discussions (including asking and answering questions, and making thoughtful comments) [10%], and (c) attempting and solving any assigned homework problems [30%].
will be assigned from current and classical literature. You will
be expected to have read the assigned paper and participate in
the material. You will be assigned four or five questions about
reading. You will be required to answer each of the
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WSU Academic Integrity Statement:
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this course. Any student who acts unethically will be given an F for the course and referred to the Office of Student Conduct. For information, see: http://www.conduct.wsu.edu/default.asp?PageID=343
WSU Students with Disabilities:
Reasonable accommodations are
available for students with
a documented disability. If you have a disability and may need
to fully participate in this class, please visit the Disability
(DRC). All accommodations MUST be approved through the DRC (Washington
Building, Room 217). Please stop by or call 509-335-3417 to make an
with a disability specialist.
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