Question: Statistically defining deep branching clades in phylogenetic tree
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8 months ago by
Cardiff University
Daniel3.7k wrote:

I have a phylogenetic tree which visually has 3 major clades, one of which forks into two minor clades. I am discussing the groups in the text in regards to the metadata but I want to statistically/technically describe why the groups are seperate.

What is the best way to achieve this? The tree is UPGMA Jackknife generated, with around 150 samples. Note: These are not based on sequence similarity but community structure, so it has to be based on the tree rather than that underlying sequence or similar.

I have been looking at and the package but can't see a way to achieve this.


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ADD COMMENTlink written 8 months ago by Daniel3.7k

I’ve used Simon Harris’ script ( to ‘objectively define clades’ in the past to varying degrees of success. May be of interest?

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by jrj.healey11k

Thanks for the suggestion. I've been giving it a go but it's basically only identifying everything into one cluster. Having a look at ete but not solved it yet.

ADD REPLYlink written 8 months ago by Daniel3.7k
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