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Modelling macro- evolution: how long does speciation take?

Hekkelman, G. (2014) Modelling macro- evolution: how long does speciation take? Bachelor's Thesis, Mathematics.

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Abstract

In this paper, we study the constant birth-death process and the protracted birth-death process which describes macro-evolution in biology. We derive some properties of these models, and an- alytically derive the likelihood of the constant birth-death model. For the protracted birth-death model, we derive an appromation of the likelihood using the concept of Gaussian processes. Using the exact likelihood of the constant birth-death process and the approximated likelihood of the protracted birth-death model, we infer a given phylogenetic tree and discuss the results.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Mathematics
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:58
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:58
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/12107

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