A comparison of two methods for making statistical inferences on Nei's measure of genetic distance.
- Author(s): Mueller, LD
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.2307/2530107
The delta and jackknife methods can be used to estimate Nei's measure of genetic distance and calculate confidence intervals for this estimate. Computer stimulations were used to study the bias and variance of each estimator and the accuracy of the corresponding approximate 95% confidence intervals. The simulations were conducted using 3 sets of data and several sample sizes. The results showed: (1) the jackknife reduced bias; (2) in 8 out of 9 cases the variance and mean square error of the jackknife estimator were less; (3) a second order jackknife reduced the bias the most but suffered a corresponding increase in variance; (4) both the first order jackknife and delta methods yielded intervals whose confidence levels were approximately equal but less than 95%.