A coalescent dual process in a Moran model with genic selection, and the lambda coalescent limit

Alison M. Etheridge, Robert C. Griffiths, Jesse E. Taylor

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Abstract

The genealogical structure of neutral populations in which reproductive success is highly-skewed has been the subject of many recent studies. Here we derive a coalescent dual process for a related class of continuous-time Moran models with viability selection. In these models, individuals can give birth to multiple offspring whose survival depends on both the parental genotype and the brood size. This extends the dual process construction for a multi-type Moran model with genic selection described in Etheridge and Griffiths (2009). We show that in the limit of infinite population size the non-neutral Moran models converge to a Markov jump process which we call the Λ-Fleming-Viot process with viability selection and we derive a coalescent dual for this process directly from the generator and as a limit from the Moran models. The dual is a branching-coalescing process similar to the Ancestral Selection Graph which follows the typed ancestry of genes backwards in time with real and virtual lineages. As an application, the transition functions of the non-neutral Moran and Λ-coalescent models are expressed as mixtures of the transition functions of the dual process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-92
Number of pages16
JournalTheoretical Population Biology
Volume78
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

Keywords

  • Cannings model
  • Coalescent process
  • Lambda coalescent
  • Moran model
  • Viability selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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