Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 32, Issue 5, pp 443–445

On the maximum likelihood method in molecular phylogenetics

  • Masami Hasegawa
  • Hirohisa Kishino
  • Naruya Saitou
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02101285

Cite this article as:
Hasegawa, M., Kishino, H. & Saitou, N. J Mol Evol (1991) 32: 443. doi:10.1007/BF02101285

Summary

The efficiency of obtaining the correct tree by the maximum likelihood method (Felsenstein 1981) for inferring trees from DNA sequence data was compared with trees obtained by distance methods. It was shown that the maximum likelihood method is superior to distance methods in the efficiency particularly when the evolutionary rate differs among lineages.

Key words

EfficiencyMaximum likelihood methodMethods for inferring treesDNA sequence data

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Masami Hasegawa
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hirohisa Kishino
    • 1
    • 2
  • Naruya Saitou
    • 3
  1. 1.The Institute of Statistical MathematicsThe Graduate University for Advanced StudiesTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Statistical ScienceThe Graduate University for Advanced StudiesTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan