Modeling Evolution: an introduction to numerical methods

Paperback | January 3, 2010

byDerek A. Roff

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Computer modeling is now an integral part of research in evolutionary biology. The advent of increased processing power in the personal computer, coupled with the availability of languages such as R, SPLUS, Mathematica, Maple, Mathcad, and MATLAB, has ensured that the development and analysisof computer models of evolution is now within the capabilities of most graduate students. However, there are two hurdles that tend to discourage students from making full use of the power of computer modeling. The first is the general problem of formulating the question and the second is itsimplementation using an appropriate computer language.Modeling Evolution outlines how evolutionary questions are formulated and how, in practice, they can be resolved by analytical and numerical methods (with the emphasis being on the latter). Following a general introduction to computer modeling, successive chapters describe "Fisherian" optimalitymodels, invasibility analysis, genetic models, game theoretic models, and dynamic programming. A common chapter plan facilitates tuition and comprises an introduction (in which the general approach and methods are described) followed by a series of carefully structured scenarios that have beenselected to highlight particular aspects of evolutionary modeling. Coding for each example is provided in either R or MATLAB since both of these programs are readily available and extensively used. This coding is available on the author's web site allowing easy implementation and study of theprograms. Each chapter concludes with a list of exemplary papers which have been chosen on the basis of how well they explain and illustrate the techniques discussed in the chapter.

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Computer modeling is now an integral part of research in evolutionary biology. The advent of increased processing power in the personal computer, coupled with the availability of languages such as R, SPLUS, Mathematica, Maple, Mathcad, and MATLAB, has ensured that the development and analysisof computer models of evolution is now withi...

Derek Roff was born in Leicester, UK. He earned his Undergraduate degree from Sydney University, his PhD from the University of British Columbia. He is presently Professor of Biology in the Department of Biology at the University of California, Riverside.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:January 3, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Overview2. "Fisherian" Optimality Analysis3. Invasibility Analysis4. Genetic Models5. Game Theoretic Models6. Dynamic ProgrammingAppendix 1Appendix 2ReferencesIndex