[Taxacom] Character transformation series on maximum likelihood and 'Bayesian' trees

J. Kirk Fitzhugh kfitzhugh at nhm.org
Fri Jul 15 16:12:09 CDT 2011

Do phylogenetics programs that perform maximum likelihood or Bayesian 
analyses allow for indicating character state changes on resultant trees 
in the same way as is done with parsimony? More specifically, if a 
resultant tree has 'long branches,' can all state changes indicating 
that length be shown on a tree? PAUP* has a 'reconstruct' command that 
the manual says can be used for both parsimony- and likelihood-derived 
trees, but I'm curious if anyone has experience with the latter and if 
multiple state changes associated with long branches are actually mapped 
onto the tree.


J. Kirk Fitzhugh, Ph.D.
Curator of Polychaetes
Invertebrate Zoology Section
Research&  Collections Branch
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90007
Phone: 213-763-3233
FAX: 213-746-2999
e-mail: kfitzhug at nhm.org

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