Efficient context-dependent model building based on clustering posterior distributions for non-coding sequences

Many recent studies that relax the assumption of independent evolution of sites have done so at the expense of a drastic increase in the number of substitution parameters. While additional parameters cannot be avoided to model context-dependent evolution, a large increase in model dimensionality is only justified when accompanied with careful model building strategies that guard against overfitting. An increased dimensionality leads to increases in numerical computations of the models, increased convergence times in Bayesian Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms and even more tedious Bayes Factor calculations.

Baele, G., Van de Peer, Y., Vansteelandt, S. (2009) Efficient context-dependent model building based on clustering posterior distributions for non-coding sequences. BMC Evol. Biol. 9:87.









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