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Data from: Modeling character change heterogeneity in phylogenetic analyses of morphology through the use of priors

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posted on 2022-06-10, 03:05 authored by April M. Wright, Graeme T. Lloyd, David M. Hillis
The Mk model was developed for estimating phylogenetic trees from discrete morphological data, whether for living or fossil taxa. Like any model, the Mk model makes a number of assumptions. One assumption is that transitions between character states are symmetric (i.e., the probability of changing from 0 to 1 is the same as 1 to 0). However, some characters in a data matrix may not satisfy this assumption. Here, we test methods for relaxing this assumption in a Bayesian context. Using empirical datasets, we perform model fitting to illustrate cases in which modeling asymmetric transition rates among characters is preferable to the standard Mk model. We use simulated datasets to demonstrate that choosing the best-fit model of transition-state symmetry can improve model fit and phylogenetic estimation.

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READMEExplains the content of various files.EmpiricalDataRaw empirical data, and the results of estimating phylogenetic trees from these data using MrBayes.SimulationsSimulated data files, and the results of phylogenetic estimation from these data.MrBayesBlocksMrBayes instruction sets for each prior.SpreadsheetsProcessed data files used to make the figures in the paper.ScriptsScripts used for data generation and analysis.

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