Weighted least-squares likelihood ratio test for branch testing in phylogenies reconstructed from distance measures.

@article{Sanjun2005WeightedLL,
  title={Weighted least-squares likelihood ratio test for branch testing in phylogenies reconstructed from distance measures.},
  author={Rafael Sanju{\'a}n and Borys Wr{\'o}bel},
  journal={Systematic biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={54 2},
  pages={
          218-29
        }
}
A variety of analytical methods is available for branch testing in distance-based phylogenies. However, these methods are rarely used, possibly because the estimation of some of their statistics, especially the covariances, is not always feasible. We show that these difficulties can be overcome if some simplifying assumptions are made, namely distance independence. The weighted least-squares likelihood ratio test (WLS-LRT) we propose is easy to perform, using only the distances and some of… CONTINUE READING

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