Creates a subset of a pedigree by retaining the ancestors of a specified subset of individuals
prunePed(pedigree, keep, make.base=FALSE)
pedigree with id in column 1 dam in column 2 and sire in column 3
individuals in pedigree for which the ancestors should be retained
logical: should ancestors that do not provide additional information be discarded?
If the individuals in
keep are the only phenotyped individuals for some analysis then some non-phenotyped individuals can often be discarded if they are not responsible for pedigree links between phenotyped individuals. In the simplest case (
make.base=FALSE) all ancestors of phenotyped individuals will be retained, although further pruning may be possible using
make.base=TRUE. In this case all pedigree links that do not connect phenotyped individuals are discarded resulting in some individuals becoming part of the base population. In terms of variance component and fixed effect estimation pruning the pedigree should have no impact on the target posterior distribution, although convergence and mixing may be better because there is less missing data.