Counting Alleles with Rarefaction: Private Alleles and Hierarchical Sampling Designs
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- Kalinowski, S.T. Conservation Genetics (2004) 5: 539. doi:10.1023/B:COGE.0000041021.91777.1a
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The number of alleles (allelic richness) in a population is a fundamental measure of genetic variation, and a useful statistic for identifying populations for conservation. Estimating allelic richness is complicated by the effects of sample size: large samples are expected to have more alleles. Rarefaction solves this problem. This communication extends the rarefaction procedure to count private alleles and to accommodate hierarchical sampling designs.