compatibility criteria vs. parsimony

Joe Felsenstein joe at
Thu Oct 5 17:38:18 EST 1995

In article <451hke$da4 at>,
Spencer Muse  <muse at> wrote:
>Second, let me suggest an application where compatibility analysis is
>desirable. This is the problem of studying recombination in intra-
>specific samples of DNA. Ignoring the effect of back mutations, all 
>individual sites within a block of DNA that has not undergone a 
>recombination event should be compatible with the same tree.

A bibliographic footnote: this fact was first noted by Sneath, Sackin,
and Ambler in a paper in Systematic Zoology, 1975.  They used the
term "hybridization" rather then recombination, but the logic was the

Joe Felsenstein         joe at     (IP No.
 Dept. of Genetics, Univ. of Washington, Box 357360, Seattle, WA 98195-7360 USA

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