On the description of changes in allele frequency
Following on our discussion of models in the last chapter, we should now be in a position to attempt a mathematical description of changes in allele frequency over successive generations. We are, however, faced with an immediate difficulty, to the resolution of which the present chapter is devoted: which description is most appropriate? The beginner who consults the literature will discover a very lengthy list of different quantities describing the process of change in allele frequency. Moreover, the descriptive quantities that were prominent in the early literature are not always preferred nowadays, for reasons that will emerge in the course of our discussion.
KeywordsAllele Frequency Latent Root Sojourn Time Absorption Time Initial Frequency
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