Oct 22, 2016

Inference of multiple-wave population admixture by modeling decay of linkage disequilibrium with polynomial functions

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Ying ZhouShuhua Xu


To infer the histories of population admixture, one important challenge with methods based on the admixture linkage disequilibrium (ALD) is to get rid of the effect of source LD (SLD) which is directly inherited from source populations. In previous methods, only the decay curve of weighted LD between pairs of sites whose genetic distance were larger than a certain starting distance was fitted by single or multiple exponential functions, for the inference of recent single- or multiple-wave of admixture. However, the effect of SLD has not been well defined and no tool has been developed to estimate the effect of SLD on weighted LD decay. In this study, we defined the SLD in the formularized weighted LD statistic under the two-way admixture model, and proposed polynomial spectrum (p-spectrum) to study the weighted SLD and weighted LD. We also found reference populations could be used to reduce the SLD in weighted LD statistic. We further developed a method, iMAAPs, to infer Multiple-wave Admixture by fitting ALD using Polynomial spectrum. We evaluated the performance of iMAAPs under various admixture models in simulated data and applied iMAAPs into analysis of genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism data from the Human Genome D...Continue Reading

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