Variation: Measures

Abstract

Genetic variation refers to identifiable genetic differences within and between individuals. A measure of genetic variation is a summary statistic of the amount and pattern of genetic variation.

Keywords: heterozygosity; segregating site; polymorphism; pairwise difference; F statistics

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Further Reading

Chakraborty R and Danker‐Hopfe H (1991) Analysis of population structure: a comparative study of different estimators of Wright's fixation indices. In: Rao CR and Chakraborty R (eds) Handbook of Statistics, vol. 8, pp. 203–254. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

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Li WH and Fu YX (1999) Coalescent theory and its applications in population genetics. In: Halloran E and Geisser S (eds) Statistics in Genetics. New York: Springer‐Verlag.

Nei M (1987) Molecular Evolutionary Genetics. New York: Columbia University Press.

Weir BS (1996) Genetic Data Analysis II. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer.

Wright S (1978) Evolution and the Genetics of Populations, vol. 4: Variability within and among Natural Populations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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Fu, Yun‐Xin(May 2001) Variation: Measures. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001743]