RT Journal Article
SR Electronic
T1 Using Maximum Likelihood to Estimate Population Size From Temporal Changes in Allele Frequencies
JF Genetics
JO Genetics
FD Genetics Society of America
SP 755
OP 761
VO 152
IS 2
A1 Williamson, Ellen G.
A1 Slatkin, Montgomery
YR 1999
UL http://www.genetics.org/content/152/2/755.abstract
AB We develop a maximum-likelihood framework for using temporal changes in allele frequencies to estimate the number of breeding individuals in a population. We use simulations to compare the performance of this estimator to an F-statistic estimator of variance effective population size. The maximum-likelihood estimator had a lower variance and smaller bias. Taking advantage of the likelihood framework, we extend the model to include exponential growth and show that temporal allele frequency data from three or more sampling events can be used to test for population growth.