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Vol. 32, No. 1, 1982
Issue release date: 1982
Hum Hered 1982;32:37–41

Estimation of Demographic Parameters from Isolation by Distance

Morton N.E.
Population Genetics Laboratory, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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The demographic parameters for evolutionary population size N, effective systematic pressure m, and standard deviation of short-range migration σ may be estimated from the Malécot parameters for isolation by distance. This is shown to be accurate in simulated and actual data, giving rather small values of N and substantial values of m. An extension is suggested to partition the effective systematic pressure into short-range and long-range components. The genetic structure of populations may now be determined from bioassay of kinship, without dependence on evidence from migration and genealogy which remains valuable but no longer indispensable.

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