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Each block contains its own effective population size Ne and growth rate. The summary statistics estimated for each simulated data set include the number of total and private haplotypes, gene and nucleotide diversities, FST, average number of pairwise differences within and between populations and Tajima's D.
Moreover, multi-dimensional summary statistics can be calculated and employed, such as mismatch distributions, Neighbour-Joining trees and the matrix of pairwise differences among sequences. For heterochronous genetic data, we have further included a novel temporally weighted matrix of pairwise differences. In this matrix, the temporal distances among individuals determine the weight of their pairwise differences, with large temporal distances contributing less to the inference.
This summary statistic is useful for tracking demographic changes through time when heterochronous samples with a large temporal coverage are included. The rationale behind this approach is that in studies with wide temporal coverage, the tracking of demographic change through time is improved by discarding information that becomes meaningless due to an excessive temporal separation among samples.
The post-simulation analysis program performs two types of analyses: parameter estimation and model comparison. Both can be performed employing different tables obtained independently and integrated into a single analysis, which provides flexibility for parallelizing the simulations.
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The parameter estimation algorithm follows the one proposed by Beaumont et al. In BaySICS it consists of: i reading the summary statistics and parameters from one or more reference tables; ii applying the rejection procedure see next paragraph ; iii adjusting and estimating the posterior densities of the parameters with optional regression and kernel procedures as described in  ; iv displaying and saving the posteriors of the parameters of interest including joint posteriors if required ; and v displaying optional charts of the predictive distributions of the summary statistics.
Most of the available software for ABC analyses performs model comparisons by choosing a target number of simulations that have the shortest Euclidean distances to the observed summary statistics.
This method, from here on called the proportion method, bypasses the problematic necessity to define an appropriate threshold for rejection. However, when too many summary statistics are employed, a high dimensionality phenomenon can occur, in which a small Euclidean distance calculated over all the summary statistics could be accompanied by not-so-small individual distances in some of the summary statistics.
In other words, if many summary statistics are employed it is possible that the accepted simulations give values that could be considered unacceptable for some summary statistics although their overall Euclidean distance is still among the shortest ones.
If some summary statistics should be kept under an acceptable range, a definition of acceptance thresholds for all the summary statistics could be preferable over the proportion method. BaySICS can perform both methods and, for model choice analysis, repeats the analysis 50 times for different proportions or thresholds in order to assess the consistency of the acceptance ratios at different tolerance levels.
The ratios of the different models in the accepted sample is then interpreted as an estimation of the models likelihoods from which it is straightforward to estimate Bayes factors. The procedure can also be improved by applying a logistic regression, also implemented in BaySICS, where the summary statistics are seen as explanatory variables of the model likelihoods in a neighbourhood of the observed values .
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We illustrate how the fraternity coefficients can be easily calculated up to a given accuracy using a straightforward simulation approach, and show that the true values can deviate substantially from the approximate ones in case of a long-term pedigree. In order to evaluate the evidence against the null hypothesis, one compares the sample value Probability as long-term frequency of this test statistic with the distribution of the test statistic under the null hypothesis.
An example of a classical setting, evidence against the null hypothesis of no vague prior could be a prior in which all possible values of the parameter have equal weight. Simulation results indicate computational and statistical efficiency that compares favorably with those of alternative methods previously proposed in the literature. Working Paper 9. Nonlinear mixed effects models for repeated measures data.
Bayesian statistics in genetics: a guide for the uninitiated
In addition, there is limited availability of programs able to deal with heterochronous data. In addition, the recent progress made in the field of ancient DNA has provided the opportunity to directly trace microevolutionary changes in macrobiotic systems  , . Bayesian statistics in genetics: a guide for the uninitiated.