Phylogenetics: Likelihood Lab
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|EEB 349: Phylogenetics|
|The goal of this lab exercise is to show you how to conduct maximum likelihood analyses in PAUP* using several models|
- 1 Part A: Using PAUP* to check your answers for homework #4
- 2 Part B:
- 2.1 (Re)create the data file algae.nex
- 2.2 Obtain the maximum likelihood tree under the F81 model
- 2.3 Estimate base frequencies
- 2.4 Estimate transition/transversion bias
- 2.5 Estimate the proportion of invariable sites
- 2.6 Estimate the heterogeneity in rates among sites
- 2.7 Estimate both pinvar and the gamma shape parameter
- 3 Likelihood ratio tests
- 4 A challenge
Part A: Using PAUP* to check your answers for homework #4
Create a data file
Create a new file in PAUP* and enter the following text:
#nexus begin paup; set storebrlens; end; begin data; dimensions ntax=4 nchar=2; format datatype=dna; matrix taxon1 AA taxon2 AC taxon3 CG taxon4 TT ; end; begin trees; utree hw4 = (taxon1:0.1, taxon2:0.1, (taxon3:0.1, taxon4:0.1):0.1); end; begin paup; lset nst=1 basefreq=equal; lscores 1 / userbrlen sitelike; end;
Understanding the data file
The NEXUS file you just created has four blocks.
First paup block
The first block is a paup block that sets the storebrlens flag. This tells PAUP* to save branch lengths found in any trees. By default, PAUP* throws away branch lengths that it finds and estimates them. In this case, we are trying to get PAUP* to compute likelihoods for a tree in which all five branch lengths are set to the specific value 0.1, so it is important to get PAUP* to not discard branch lengths.
The second block is the data block. Data for two sites are provided, the first site being the one you used for homework #4. The second site is necessary because PAUP* will refuse to calculate the likelihood of a tree with data from only one site. We will simply ignore results for the second (dummy) site.
The third block is a trees block that defines the tree and branch lengths.
- 'Can you find where in the tree description the length of the central branch is defined?
The keyword utree can be used in PAUP* (but not necessarily other programs) to explicitly define an unrooted tree. The hw4 part is just an arbitrary name for this tree: you could use any name here.
Final paup block
The fourth (paup) block comprises an lset command that specifies the likelihood settings. The nst option specifies the number of substitution parameters, which is 1 for the JC model, and basefreq=equal specifies that base frequencies are assumed to be equal. Together, nst=1 and basefreq=equal specify the JC model because the only other model with one substitution parameter is the F81 model (which has unequal base frequencies).
The command lscores 1 tells PAUP* to compute likelihood scores for the first tree in memory (which is the one we entered in this file). The keyword userbrlen tells PAUP* to use the branch lengths in the tree description (i.e. don't estimate branch lengths), and the sitelike keyword tells PAUP* to output the individual site likelihoods (the default behavior is to just output the overall likelihood).
Ok, go ahead and execute the file in PAUP* and see if your hand calculation in homework #4 was correct.
(Re)create the data file algae.nex
Download (again) the data file algae.nex if you deleted it from your working directory. You may remember that we found last week that only one model (LogDet) gave us the accepted phylogeny for these data using various distance-based approaches (i.e. that the chlorophyll-a/b-containing plastids group together, excluding the cyanobacterium Anacystis and the chromophyte chlorophyll-a/c-containing Olithodiscus). This week we will see if we can tease apart which aspects of sequence evolution that are important for getting the tree correct.
Obtain the maximum likelihood tree under the F81 model
The first goal is to learn how to obtain maximum likelihood estimates of the parameters in several different substitution models. Use PAUP* to answer the following questions. Start by obtaining the maximum likelihood tree under the F81 model. Create a run.nex file and save in it the following:
#nexus begin paup; execute algae.nex; set criterion=likelihood; lset nst=1 basefreq=empirical; hsearch; end;
The nst=1 tells PAUP* that we want a model having just one substitution rate parameter (the JC69 and F81 models both fall in this category). The basefreq=empirical tells PAUP* that we want to use simple estimates of the base frequencies. The empirical frequency of the base G, for example, is the value you would get if you simply counted up all the Gs in your entire data matrix and divided by the total number of nucleotides. The empirical frequencies are not usually the same as the maximum likelihood estimates (MLEs) of the base frequencies, but they are quick to calculate and often very close to the corresponding MLEs.
Execute run.nex in PAUP*
Note that we will work with the tree obtained in this search for quite awhile. Resist the temptation to do heuristic searches with each model, as it will be important to compare the performance of all of the models on the same tree topology!
- What are the empirical base frequencies for this data set?
- What is the lnL of this tree under this "empirical base frequencies" version of the F81 model?
- What proportion of sites are constant? (The cstatus command will give you this information)
Estimate base frequencies
Now estimate the base frequencies on this tree with maximum likelihood as follows. Note how the lscores command is used to force PAUP* to recompute the likelihood (under the revised model) and spit out the parameter estimates. Also note that PAUP* remembered some of the settings we used the last time lscores was issued, so we need to explicitly make it forget those settings this time:
lset basefreq=estimate; lscores 1 / nouserbrlens nositelikes;
- What are the maximum likelihood estimates (MLEs) of the base frequencies?
- What is the lnL of this tree under the "estimated base frequencies" version of the F81 model? Is it better than the lnL under the "empirical base frequencies" version of the F81 model?
Estimate transition/transversion bias
Switch to the HKY85 model now and estimate the transition/transversion ratio along with the base frequencies. The way you specify the HKY model in PAUP* is to tell it you want a model with 2 substitution rate parameters (nst=2), unequal base frequencies (either basefreq=empirical or basefreq=estimate), and some specified transition/transversion ratio (or, in this case, tratio=estimated). Note that these specifications also apply to the F84 model, so if you want PAUP* to use the F84 model, you would need to add variant=f84 to the lset command.
lset nst=2 basefreq=estimate tratio=estimate; lscores 1;
- What is the MLE of the transition/transversion ratio under the HKY85 model?
- What is the MLE of the transition/transversion rate ratio under the HKY85 model?
- What is the lnL of this tree under the HKY85 model? Does the HKY model fit the data better than the F81 model?
Estimate the proportion of invariable sites
Now ask PAUP* to estimate pinvar, the proportion of invariant sites, using the command lset pinvar=estimate. The HKY85 model with among-site rate heterogeneity modeled using the two-category invariant sites approach is called the HKY85+I model.
- What is the MLE of pinvar under the HKY85+I model?
- Is the MLE of pinvar larger or smaller than the proportion of constant sites?
- Why are these two proportions different? That is, how can a site be constant but not invariant?
- What is the lnL of this tree under the HKY85+I model?
Estimate the heterogeneity in rates among sites
Now set pinvar=0 and tell PAUP* to use the discrete gamma distribution with 5 rate categories. Here are the commands for doing this all in one step:
lset pinvar=0 rates=gamma ncat=5 shape=estimate; lscores 1;
The HKY85 model with among-site rate heterogeneity modeled using the discrete gamma approach is called the HKY85+G model.
- What is the MLE of the gamma shape parameter under the HKY85+G model?
- What is the lnL of this tree under the HKY85+G model?
Estimate both pinvar and the gamma shape parameter
Now issue the command lset pinvar=estimate to create the HKY85+I+G model and ask PAUP* to estimate both pinvar and the gamma shape parameter simultaneously.
- What is the MLE of the gamma shape parameter under the HKY85+I+G model?
- What is the MLE of the pinvar parameter under the HKY85+I+G model?
- Is the MLE of the shape parameter higher or lower under the HKY85+I+G model compared to the HKY85+G model? Explain.
- What is the lnL of this tree under the HKY85+I+G model?
Likelihood ratio tests
In this section, you will perform some simple likelihood ratio tests to decide which of the models used in the previous section does the best job of explaining the data while keeping the number of parameters used to a minimum. Remember, the likelihood ratio test is performed by doubling the difference in log-likelihood scores and comparing this test statistic with the critical value from a chi-squared distribution having degrees of freedom equal to the difference in the number of estimated parameters in the two models. Use this online chi-square calculator to determine the significance of the test.
The model with which we will begin is the F81 model with estimated base freqencies. Compare this F81 model to the HKY85 model, which differs from the F81 model only in the fact that it allows transitions and transversions to occur at different rates.
You should have all the numbers you need to peform these likelihood ratio tests. If, however, you have not written some of them down, and thus need to redo some of these analyses, you might need to know how to "turn off" rate heterogeneity using the following command:
lset rates=equal pinvar=0;
- What is the likelihood ratio test statistic for F81 vs. HKY85?
- How many degrees of freedom for this test?
- What is the significance (P-value) for this test?
- Does allowing for a transition/transversion bias make a significant difference?
Consider the remaining models for which we have collected log likelihoods: HKY85+I, HKY85+G and HKY85+I+G.
- Does the HKY85+I model explain the data signficantly better than an equal rates HKY85 model?
- Does the HKY85+G model explain the data signficantly better than an equal rates HKY85 model?
- Does the HKY85+I+G model explain the data signficantly better than either HKY85+I or HKY85+G alone?
Using the simplest model that you can defend (of the four we have examined), perform an heuristic search under the maximum likelihood criterion. To make the analysis go faster, we will ask PAUP* to not re-estimate all the model parameters for every tree it examines during the search. To do this, first use the lset command to set up the model you are planning to use. Use the lscores command to force PAUP* to re-estimate all of the parameters of your selected model on some tree (the tree just needs to be something reasonable, such as a NJ tree or the F81 tree you have been using). Now, for every parameter that you estimated, change the word estimate to previous in the lset command, and after executing this new lset command, start a search using just hsearch. PAUP* will fix the parameters at the previous values (i.e. the estimates you just forced it to calculate) and use these same values for every tree examined during the search.
- Does the model you have selected place all the chlorophyll a/b organisms together?
This lab is a bit long, so we will not take time to do it now, but I hope you realize that you could figure out exactly what parameter(s) are needed in the model to get this tree right. JC69 doesn't do it, nor does F81 (as you may have noticed), but it actually doesn't take much beyond JC69 to do the trick.
I have simulated a data set under one of the following models: JC69, F81, K80, or HKY85. In addition, all of the sites either evolved at the same rate, or rate heterogeneity was added in the form of gamma distributed relative rates. Can you identify which of the four basic models was used, and in addition tell me how much rate heterogeneity was added? The data file can be downloaded using the following link: simdata.nex.