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Genet. Sel. Evol.
Volume 34, Number 1, January-February 2002
Page(s) 1 - 21

Genet. Sel. Evol. 34 (2002) 1-21
DOI: 10.1051/gse:2001001

Bayesian QTL mapping using skewed Student-t distributions

Peter von Rohra, b and Ina Hoeschelea

a  Departments of Dairy Science and Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0315, USA
b  Institute of Animal Sciences, Animal Breeding, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland

(Received 23 April 2001; accepted 17 September 2001)

In most QTL mapping studies, phenotypes are assumed to follow normal distributions. Deviations from this assumption may lead to detection of false positive QTL. To improve the robustness of Bayesian QTL mapping methods, the normal distribution for residuals is replaced with a skewed Student- t distribution. The latter distribution is able to account for both heavy tails and skewness, and both components are each controlled by a single parameter. The Bayesian QTL mapping method using a skewed Student- t distribution is evaluated with simulated data sets under five different scenarios of residual error distributions and QTL effects.

Key words: Bayesian QTL mapping / skewed Student- t distribution / Metropolis-Hastings sampling

Correspondence and reprints: Ina Hoeschele

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