FREE access to Australian & New Zealand Jrnl of Statistics article


  • Author: Barbara R. Holland and Statistics Views
  • Date: 28 October 2013

Each week, we select an article hot of the press and provide free access for a limited period from. This week's is from Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics. This paper provides a review of the many applications of statistics within the field of phylogenetics, that is, the study of evolutionary history. The reader is assumed to be a statistician rather than a phylogeneticist, so some background is given on what phylogenetics is, along with a brief history of different approaches to phylogenetic inference. The latter half of the paper focuses on a series of open statistical problems in the field with the aim of encouraging more statisticians to engage with this fascinating area of research.

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The Rise of Statistical Phylogenetics
Barbara R. Holland

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics, Vol. 55 (3), pp. 205-220.
DOI: 10.1111/anzs.12035

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Holland writes how the field of statistics has enormously enriched the study of evolutionary history. However, many interesting problems remain, and there is a great deal of exciting statistical work to be done in phylogenetics. Much of the best work in this area has resulted from collaborations between statisticians and evolutionary biologists and she strongly encourages any statistician new to the field to consult with their colleagues in evolutionary biology before embarking on development of new methods.

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