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'Phylogenetics' is the reconstruction and analysis of phylogenetic (evolutionary) trees and networks based on inherited characteristics. It is a flourishing area of interaction between mathematics, statistics, computer science and biology.

The main role of phylogenetic techniques lies in evolutionary biology, where it is used to infer historical relationships between species. However, the methods are also relevant to a diverse range of fields including epidemiology, ecology, medicine, as well as linguistics and cognitive psychology
This book is intended for biologists interested in the mathematical theory behind phylogenetic methods, and for mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists eager to learn about this emerging area of discrete mathematics.

'Phylogenetics' in the 24th volume in the Oxford Lecture Series in Mathematics and its Applications. This series contains short books suitable for graduate students and researchers who want a well-written account of mathematics that is fundamental to current to research. The series emphasises future directions of research and focuses on genuine applications of mathematics to finance, engineering and the physical and biological sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198509424
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/27/2003
Series: Oxford Lecture Series in Mathematics and Its Applications , #24
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 764,235
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Graphs and their role in biology
2. X-trees and phylogenetic trees
3. Trees and splits
4. Compatibility of characters
5. Maximum parsimony
6. Subtrees and supertrees
7. Tree-based metrics
8. Markov models on trees
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