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Re-implementation of software for the estimation of contemporary effective population size Ne from genetic data



Re-implementation of software for the estimation of contemporary effective population size Ne from genetic data







NeEstimator v2.0 is a completely revised and updated implementation of software that produces estimates of contemporary effective population size, using several different methods and a single input file. NeEstimator v2.0 includes three single-sample estimators (updated versions of the linkage disequilibrium and heterozygote-excess methods, and a new method based on molecular co-ancestry), as well as the two-sample (moment-based temporal) method. New features include the following: 1) An improved method for accounting for missing data; 2) Options for screening out rare alleles; 3) Confidence intervals for all methods; 4) The ability to analyze datasets with large numbers of genetic markers (10,000 or more); 5) Options for batch processing large numbers of different datasets, which will facilitate cross-method comparisons using simulated data; and 6) Correction for temporal estimates when individuals sampled are not removed from the population (Plan I sampling). The user is given considerable control over input data and composition, and format of output files. The freely-available software has a new JAVA interface and runs under MacOS, Linux and Windows.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12157


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