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Reproducible data science for population genetics (RDPG01)
23rd October 2017 - 27th October 2017£260.00 - £580.00
With the increasing availability of various types of genetic and genomic data, population genetics and molecular ecology are becoming largely data driven sciences. Understanding the evolutionary, demographic, and ecological underpinning the genetic makeup of natural populations now relies on a combination of exploratory approaches and models. This course will provide an in-depth introduction to these techniques, with a strong emphasis on reproducibility though the use of modern analytic practices and tools. After an introduction to phylogenetic reconstruction, the course will cover a number of multivariate approaches for the analysis of genetic patterns, including supervised and unsupervised factorial methods, clustering approaches, and advanced methods for describing population diversity and revealing spatial genetic patterns. The approaches introduced will be applicable to most genetic data, including markers such as microsatellites, SNPs, or AFLP, as well as nucleotide and amino-acid sequence data. Every day will start with a lecture dedicated to a type of problem and methods, followed by an introduction to a specific technique for reproducible data analysis; afternoon will be devoted to hands on praticals. The last day will be devoted to open problems, where participants will be able to analyse their own data.
The course is aimed at PhD students, research postgraduates, and practicing academics as well as persons in industry working with genetic data in fields such as molecular ecology, evolutionary biology, and phylogenetics.
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A mixture of lectures and hands-on practicals. Data sets for computer practicals will be provided by the instructors, but participants are welcome to bring their own data.
Assumed quantitative knowledge
A basic understanding of concepts in population genetics and the statistical analysis of genetic data.
Assumed computer background
Previous experience with data analysis using R is required such as the ability to import/export data, manipulate data frames, fit basic statistical models & generate simple exploratory and diagnostic plots.
Equipment and software requirements
A laptop/personal computer with a working version or R and RStudio installed. R and RStudio are supported by both PC and MAC and can be downloaded for free by following these links.
It is essential that you come with all necessary software and packages already installed (you will be sent a list of packages prior to the course) internet access may not always be available.
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Sunday 22nd Meet at Margam Discovery Centre at approximately 18:30 (Download directions PDF)
Monday 23rd – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00
Intro to phylogenetic reconstruction
Module 1a: reconstructing phylogenies from genetic sequence data. Three main approaches covered: distance-based phylogenies; maximum parsimony; and likelihood-based approaches.
Module 1b: reproducible data science using R: an introduction
Practical 1: phylogenetic reconstruction using R. Three main approaches plus rooting a tree; assessing/testing for a molecular clock; and bootstrapping.
Main packages: knitr, ape, phangorn.
Tuesday 24th – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00
Introduction to multivariate analysis of genetic data
Module 2a: key concepts in multivariate analysis. Focus on using factorial methods for genetic data analysis.
Module 2b: using R to generate high-quality pdf or word documents.
Practical 2: multivariate analysis of genetic data in R. Topics include: data handling, Hardy-Weinberg tests, measures of diversity, tests of population structure, principal component analysis (PCA), multidimensional scaling (MDS).
Main packages: knitr, rmarkdown, adegenet, ade4, pegasa, hierfstat, ape.
Wednesday 25th – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00
Exploring group diversity
Module 3a: approaches for identifying and describing genetic clusters. Topics include: hierarchical clustering, K-means, genetic distances between populations, supervised factorial methods including between-group PCA and the Discriminant Analysis of Principal Components (DAPC).
Module 3b: using R to generate beamer and html5 slides.
Practical 3: applying the approaches covered in morning lecture and emphasising their strengths and weaknesses.
Main packages: rmarkdown, adegenet, ade4, hierfstat.
Thursday 26th – Classes from 09:00 to 17:00
Spatial genetic structures
Module 4a: on the origins of spatial genetic patterns, how to test for them, and how to reveal and visualise them.
Module 4b: asking questions the right way with reproducible code.
Practical 4: visualising and analysing spatial genetic data. Topics: spatial density estimates, univariate and multivariate tests of spatial structure (Moran and Mantel tests), mapping principal components from unsupervised methods (PCA), spatial PCA.
Main packages: reprex, adegenet, spdep, ade4.
Friday 27th – Classes from 09:00 to 16:00
Reproducible data science for population genetics in practice
Open problem day – analyse your own data using R
Main packages: knitr, rmarkdown, adegenet, ade4, ape, pegas, phangorn, hierfstat, poppr, ggplot2, etc.
The instructors were excellent and clearly were the reasons for my previous comments. They both combined a deep understanding of statistics and ecology at the same level.
Any questions or queries I’ve had, were thus first answered with an ecological point of view and then translated into statistical consideration thereby making much more sense on both side.
In addition the course was very well organised, the course director and the two instructors were very friendly as well as professional. On the top of learning many useful things, I’ve also had a very good time during the week there.”
Spatial ecologist, Centre For Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), England
(Attended ADVR course)