Hello, Is it possible to calculate Phylogenetic diversity with out constructing the tree? Other thing is that can we transform the number of reads into 1 0 (binary) data to calculate the phylogenetic diversity? I have never done such analysis before, so I am just curious to know. I do not have sequence data. I have only number of reads of fungi detected in plants. Looking forward to hear!! Best Regards, Abdul
Apart from phylogenetic diversity, there are different measures of ecological diversity such as alpha or beta diversity which can be computed from environmental 16sRNA samples using the OTU concept. Maybe you are referring to those?
Wrt to the definition of phylogenetic diversity on Wikipedia:
It is defined and calculated as "the sum of the lengths of all those branches that are members of the corresponding minimum spanning path", in which 'branch' is a segment of a cladogram, and the minimum spanning path is the minimum distance between the two nodes.
If we accept this definition, then it does strictly require a cladogram, and I don't see how it could be computed without having one. If you mean, 'without constructing the tree _yourself_', you could use a precomputed tree.
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