distance based DNA trees

Richard.Zander at MOBOT.ORG Richard.Zander at MOBOT.ORG
Thu Apr 15 10:17:57 CDT 2004

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From: B.J.Tindall [mailto:bti at DSMZ.DE]
Not "just anything would be possible."

If you subscribe to Bayesian methods, the possible trees are the several
most reasonable ones, given theory and as their probabilities add to some
credibility interval, say 95%. Sometimes, not often, there is only one
reasonable tree.

The major problem with Bayesian methods are when priors are hunches, notions
or conjectures. This can be avoided with decent data about the priors.

Richard H. Zander
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 Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2004 1:51 AM
Subject: Re: [TAXACOM] distance based DNA trees

Interesting comments, which can be explained. ALL methods of evaluation,
whether it be neighbor-joining, maximum parsimony, or even maximum
likelihood include an underlying assumption that "parsimony of evolution"
is operating. Thus both phenetic and cladistic approaches include some
underlying reference to parsimony, without which just anything would be

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