Tag Archives: data visualization

Exploring color palettes in R

How often have you had to squint at figures with unpleasant color palettes in a manuscript online or in print, and ultimately given up on distinguishing between fifty (or maybe just around 30) shades of gray? I found the RColorBrewer … Continue reading

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Phonemes and Genomes

Human phonemes and genomes are thought to have evolved hand-in-glove out of Africa. Several recent studies have attempted to capture a picture of this global variation in languages and peoples, often supporting (and rejecting) a serial founder model (eg. see … Continue reading

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SpaceMix, and a brief history of Spatial Genetics

Incorporating spatial data to inform studies of the population demography of a species has a long history of interest. From inferring geographical clines in Principal Components Analyses (Menozzi et al. 1978), using location data as “informative priors” during model-based estimation … Continue reading

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Migration Circos plots in R

We’ve all seen them – colorful, and I daresay, pretty darn informative. Circos plots are fun visualizations of large data-sets. I’ve seen them used in two contexts in comparative genomics – to represent structural variants in homologous chromosome segments in … Continue reading

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Geophylogeny plots in R for Dummies

Amid basting my tofurky, here’s a follow-up to my previous post on quick-fix overlays of admixture plots on geographical maps in R. I recently discovered a wonderful R package called “phytools” from Liam Revell, which makes really neat phylogenetic trees (with … Continue reading

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Admixture maps in R for Dummies

Before we get started, I’d like to point everyone to an excellent tutorial here by Kim Gilbert on making maps in R. I have been grappling with overlaying admixture plots, and migration routes on top of maps recently, and thought I’d put … Continue reading

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Show us your molecular ecology!

Anyone who’s hung around the blogosphere long enough is familiar with the “View From Your Window” feature at Andrew Sullivan’s blog, in which readers send in photos of, well, exactly what it says on the tin. The result is a … Continue reading

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What we’re reading

As we head into the weekend, here’s a few things we’ve noticed that might be worth your screen time. In the journals Desai, M.M., Walczak, A.M. & Fisher, D.S. 2012. Genetic diversity and the structure of genealogies in rapidly adapting … Continue reading

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