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QUANTITATIVE CLADISTICS AND USE OF TNT
June 3-7, 2013
The workshop will cover the basics of parsimony analysis and character optimization, tree-searches, diagnosing and summarizing results efficiently, and measuring group supports. The course will be informal, with extensive hands-on exercises which will help students get familiar with the main aspects of phylogenetic analysis using TNT. For each of the units in the workshop, there will be a lecture (one to two hours, depending on the topics), then switching to exercises illustrating the points just seen in the lecture. Switches between "lecture" and "hands-on" mode will be dynamic, depending on how students advance on the exercises. The workshop will make extensive use of TNT. There will also be a demonstration and some practice with GB->TNT, a program to create TNT matrices from GenBank data (in turn, GB->TNT requires installation of some alignment program, ideally Mafft or Muscle and possibly BioEdit to inspect alignments).