A biologist’s guide to Bayesian phylogenetic analysis
Nature Ecology and Evolution
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Bayesian methods have become very popular in molecular phylogenetics due to the availability of user-friendly software implementing sophisticated models of evolution. However, Bayesian phylogenetic models are complex, and analyses are often carried out using default settings, which may not be appropriate. Here, we summarize the major features of Bayesian phylogenetic inference and discuss Bayesian computation using Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC), the diagnosis of an MCMC run, and ways of summarising the MCMC sample. We discuss the specification of the prior, the choice of the substitution model, and partitioning of the data. Finally, we provide a list of common Bayesian phylogenetic software and provide recommendations as to their use.
AuthorsNascimento, FF; dos Reis, M; Yang, Z
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