Bayesian Methods in Structural Bioinformatics

Part of the series Statistics for Biology and Health pp 159-178


Statistics of Bivariate von Mises Distributions

  • Kanti V. MardiaAffiliated withDepartment of Statistics, University of Leeds Email author 
  • , Jes FrellsenAffiliated withThe Bioinformatics Centre, University of Copenhagen


Circular data arises in many areas of science, including astronomy, biology, physics, earth science and meteorology. In molecular biology, circular data emerges particularly in the study of macromolecules. One of the classical examples in this field is the Ramachandran map [595], which describes dihedral angles in the protein main chain.