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Tree reliability

gertjan gertjan at nl.kun.sci
Thu Oct 28 11:25:53 EST 1993

Hi netters,
I have a set of orthologous sequences of approximately 150 amino acids
from ten different animal species. The sequences don't differ very
much, most of them in about ten positions.
I have made maximum parsimony and neighbor-joining trees with these
sequences, which are looking quite nicely, but how can I say
anything about the reliability of these trees?
Bootstrapping would clearly not be of much use, since in the
resampling process often all significant sites will be removed.
Or do I just have to accept that trees based on such small data sets
will never be very reliable?
Any suggestions will be appreciated.


					Gert-Jan Caspers
					Dept. Biochemistry
					University of Nijmegen
					The Netherlands
					gertjan at sci.kun.nl

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