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Activity Number: 446 - New Statistical Methods in Evolutionary Biology
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Biometrics Section
Abstract #300317
Title: Neutrality Test on Evolutionary Tree Topologies: Where Statistics, Physics, and Geometric Analysis Meet
Author(s): Dan D. Erdmann-Pham and Yun S. Song* and Jonathan Terhorst
Companies: University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Berkeley and University of Michigan

Testing for selective neutrality is an important problem in evolutionary biology. Given an inferred evolutionary tree, a potentially powerful neutrality test can be designed based on its shape (or topology), but theoretically characterizing the corresponding probability distribution is often very challenging. In this talk, I will introduce a neutrality test that is closely related to testing the uniformity of a randomly partitioned interval (which appears in various context, including statistics, physics, and geometric analysis), and describe our new theoretical results on this classical problem.

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