Deviations from Random Mating

  • Albert Jacquard
Part of the Biomathematics book series (BIOMATHEMATICS, volume 5)


Human beings (and probably most animals) do not mate completely at random. There is always an element of conscious choice, based on various considerations, though the importance of this element varies from one individual to another.


Genotype Frequency Random Mating Assortative Mating Recessive Gene Consanguineous Marriage 
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Further Reading

  1. Barker, J. S. F.: The effect of partial exclusion of certain matings and restriction of their average family size on the genetic composition of a population. Ann. hum. Genet. 30, 7–11 (1966).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Petit, C.: L’isolement sexual; déterminisme et rôle dans la speciation. Ann. Biol. 6, 271–285 (1967).Google Scholar
  3. Scudo, F. M.: L’accopiamento assortativo basato sul fenotipo di parenti. Alcune conse-quenze en populazioni. R. C. scienze Instituto Lombardo, B. 101, 435–455 (1967).Google Scholar
  4. Watterson, G. A.: Non-random mating and its effect on the rate of approach to homo-zygosity. Ann. hum. Genet. 23, 204–220 (1959).MathSciNetCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin · Heidelberg 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert Jacquard
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  1. 1.Institut National d’Etudes DémographiquesParisFrance

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