On the convergence of the maximum likelihood estimator for the transition rate under a 2-state symmetric model

25 Nov 2019 Ho Lam Si Tung Dinh Vu Matsen Frederick A. IV Suchard Marc A.

Maximum likelihood estimators are used extensively to estimate unknown parameters of stochastic trait evolution models on phylogenetic trees. Although the MLE has been proven to converge to the true value in the independent-sample case, we cannot appeal to this result because trait values of different species are correlated due to shared evolutionary history... (read more)

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