The Annals of Applied Probability

The spatial $\Lambda$-Fleming–Viot process on a large torus: Genealogies in the presence of recombination

A. M. Etheridge and A. Véber

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Abstract

We extend the spatial $\Lambda$-Fleming–Viot process introduced in [Electron. J. Probab. 15 (2010) 162–216] to incorporate recombination. The process models allele frequencies in a population which is distributed over the two-dimensional torus $\mathbb{T} (L)$ of sidelength $L$ and is subject to two kinds of reproduction events: small events of radius $\mathcal{O} (1)$ and much rarer large events of radius $\mathcal{O} (L^{\alpha})$ for some $\alpha\in(0,1]$. We investigate the correlation between the times to the most recent common ancestor of alleles at two linked loci for a sample of size two from the population. These individuals are initially sampled from “far apart” on the torus. As $L$ tends to infinity, depending on the frequency of the large events, the recombination rate and the initial distance between the two individuals sampled, we obtain either a complete decorrelation of the coalescence times at the two loci, or a sharp transition between a first period of complete correlation and a subsequent period during which the remaining times needed to reach the most recent common ancestor at each locus are independent. We use our computations to derive approximate probabilities of identity by descent as a function of the separation at which the two individuals are sampled.

Article information

Source
Ann. Appl. Probab., Volume 22, Number 6 (2012), 2165-2209.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 23 November 2012

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aoap/1353695951

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/12-AAP842

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR3024966

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1273.60092

Subjects
Primary: 60J25: Continuous-time Markov processes on general state spaces 92D10: Genetics {For genetic algebras, see 17D92} 60J75: Jump processes
Secondary: 60F05: Central limit and other weak theorems

Keywords
Genealogy recombination coalescent spatial continuum generalized Fleming–Viot process

Citation

Etheridge, A. M.; Véber, A. The spatial $\Lambda$-Fleming–Viot process on a large torus: Genealogies in the presence of recombination. Ann. Appl. Probab. 22 (2012), no. 6, 2165--2209. doi:10.1214/12-AAP842. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aoap/1353695951


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