The contributions of Joseph Felsenstein to the theory and practice of phylogenetic inference are well known. Felsenstein advanced the use of likelihood. Joe Felsenstein has had more positive influence on the statistical revolution of phylogenetics than any other researcher in the field. For that. Joseph Felsenstein, Inferring Phylogenies, Sinauer Assoc., , pp. xx + This is an important and very useful book that should be of interest to many.

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Inferring Phylogenies by Joseph Felsenstein. In addition some terms were introduced with little or know explanation again an assumption of pre-existing knowledge that may not be present – perhaps a glossary would help sort this issue out, it would certainly have been useful in keeping up with the plethora of technical terms bandied about.

Inferring Phylogenies – Paperback – Joseph Felsenstein – Oxford University Press

Tomomi Landsman rated it it was ok Sep 01, Felsenstein is a good writer, and these discussions are clear enough to give a basic idea of how each method works with just a quick reading. Account Options Sign in. Ryan Roney rated it really liked it Jan 25, Although the book does not offer much help in the logistics of data analysis, it does constitute a well-organized resource that will inform study design and allow the critical interpretation of studies that have already been done.


Drury rated it it was ok Shelves: As phylogenies are inferred with various kinds of data, this book concentrates on some of the central ones: Alignment, gene families, and genomics He earned a B. More recently, Felsenstein has been involved in the use of coalescence theory to make inferences about population history.

There are not enough worked examples in the text to clarify the endless equations presented.

Inferring Phylogenies.

How many trees are there? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. David Sivak rated it it was amazing Aug 01, Variants of parsimony 8. Biogeography, hosts, and parasites It assume a lot of prior knowledge that disbars it from all but a specialised audience, this is not for the general biologist or even the molecular biologist who might be interested in phylogenetics – it is aim firmly at bioinformaticians with a strong background in statistics and probability this includes the application of calculus and matrix algebra to equations exploring likelihood etc.

For that reason, many biologists view him as the father of statistical phylogenetics.

Refresh and try again. Jan 11, J. Phylogenies are inferred with various kinds of data. Felsenstein is a wonderful writer and I believe the math he describes is not only minimal, but unnecessary as the text provides wonderful descriptions of the methods.


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This volume is an outstanding achievement. It is an essential text and reference for anyone who wants to understand how phylogenies are reconstructed and how they are used.

Peter rated it really liked it Dec 10, Inferring Phylogenies is intended for graduate-level courses, assuming some knowledge of statistics, mathematics calculus and fundamental matrix algebramolecular sequences, and quantitative genetics. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. Support Center Support Center.

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Inferring Phylogenies is not an instruction book and is not intended to be one. Ancestral states and branch lengths 7. The latter part of the felsensetin is concerned with the statistical analysis of phylogenies: Charlie rated it did not like it Nov 16, As phylogenies are inferred with various kinds of data, this book concentrates on some of the central ones:

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