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Bayesian Evolutionary Analysis with BEAST

Handbook / Manual
Written by the lead authors of the BEAST software – it gives guidance on the theory and practice of Bayesian phylogenetic methods
A foundation for making the leap from theory to practice with BEAST – the reader will learn how to develop their own evolutionary models and software extensions
Examples files and downloadable resources for BEAST 2

By: Alexei J Drummond (Author), Remco R Bouckaert (Author)

249 pages, 70 colour & 21 b/w illustrations, 9 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Aug 2015 | #219548 | ISBN-13: 9781107019652
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About this book

What are the models used in phylogenetic analysis and what exactly is involved in Bayesian evolutionary analysis using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods? How can you choose and apply these models, which parameterisations and priors make sense, and how can you diagnose Bayesian MCMC when things go wrong? These are just a few of the questions answered in this comprehensive overview of Bayesian approaches to phylogenetics. This practical guide:
- Addresses the theoretical aspects of the field
- Advises on how to prepare and perform phylogenetic analysis
- Helps interpreting analyses and visualisation of phylogenies
- Describes the software architecture
- Helps developing BEAST 2.2 extensions to allow these models to be extended further.

With an accompanying website providing example files and tutorials (, this one-stop reference to applying the latest phylogenetic models in BEAST 2 will provide essential guidance for all users – from those using phylogenetic tools, to computational biologists and Bayesian statisticians.



Part I. Theory
1. Introduction
2. Evolutionary trees
3. Substitution and site models
4. The molecular clock
5. Structured trees and phylogeography

Part II. Practice
6. Bayesian evolutionary analysis by sampling trees
7. Setting up and running a phylogenetic analysis
8. Estimating species trees from multilocus data
9. Advanced analysis
10. Posterior analysis and post-processing
11. Exploring phylogenetic tree space

Part III. Programming
12. Getting started with BEAST
14. Coding and design patterns
15. Putting it all together

List of authors
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Alexei J. Drummond is Professor of Computational Biology and Principal Investigator at the Allan Wilson Centre of Molecular Ecology and Evolution at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is the lead author of the BEAST software package and has gained a reputation in the field as one of the most knowledgeable experts for Bayesian evolutionary analyses.

Remco R. Bouckaert is a computer scientist with a strong background in Bayesian methods. He is the main architect of version 2 of BEAST and has been working on extensions to the BEAST software and other phylogenetics projects in Alexei Drummond's group at the University of Auckland.

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