Multiple topologies in biology and linguistics

Virtual seminar series: Horizontal evolutionary processes in phylogenetics

  • Date: Nov 23, 2021
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Annemarie Verkerk (Saarland University) and Andrew Meade (University of Reading)
  • Location: Online
  • Host: TIDE, Denise Kühnert
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Multiple topologies in biology and linguistics


In this talk we present the multiple tree topologies approach. In the multiple topologies approach, regular MCMC phylogenetic inference is extended using a mixture models approach (Pagel & Meade 2004) in order to estimate two topologies at the same time (Pagel & Meade 2006). This method can identify different evolutionary histories that may be found in subsets of the dataset. We present the model in mathematical detail, as well as applications in biology and linguistics.

About the Speakers

Annemarie Verkerk is a Junior-Professor for Language Science at Saarland University. She is a linguistic typologist working with corpus-based and phylogenetic methods for studying language diversity.

Andrew Meade is an Associate Professor of Computational Biology Research at the University of Reading. His research focuses on Comparative Methods, Phylogenetic Inference, Bayesian Modelling and Linguistics.

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