Cheverud's Comparative Method
This function computes the phylogenetic variance component and the residual deviation for continous characters, taking into account the phylogenetic relationships among species, following the comparative method described in Cheverud et al. (1985). The correction proposed by Rholf (2001) is used.
compar.cheverud(y, W, tolerance = 1e-06, gold.tol = 1e-04)
Model: $$y = \rho W y + e$$
where $e$ is the error term, assumed to be normally distributed. $\rho$ is estimated by the maximum likelihood procedure given in Rohlf (2001), using a golden section search algorithm. The code of this function is indeed adapted from a MatLab code given in appendix in Rohlf's article, to correct a mistake in Cheverud's original paper.
A list with the following components:
Cheverud, J. M., Dow, M. M. and Leutenegger, W. (1985) The quantitative assessment of phylogenetic constraints in comparative analyses: sexual dimorphism in body weight among primates. Evolution, 39, 1335--1351.
Rohlf, F. J. (2001) Comparative methods for the analysis of continuous variables: geometric interpretations. Evolution, 55, 2143--2160.
Harvey, P. H. and Pagel, M. D. (1991) The comparative method in evolutionary biology. Oxford University Press.
### Example from Harvey and Pagel's book: y<-c(10,8,3,4) W <- matrix(c(1,1/6,1/6,1/6,1/6,1,1/2,1/2,1/6,1/2,1,1,1/6,1/2,1,1), 4) compar.cheverud(y,W) ### Example from Rohlf's 2001 article: W<- matrix(c( 0,1,1,2,0,0,0,0, 1,0,1,2,0,0,0,0, 1,1,0,2,0,0,0,0, 2,2,2,0,0,0,0,0, 0,0,0,0,0,1,1,2, 0,0,0,0,1,0,1,2, 0,0,0,0,1,1,0,2, 0,0,0,0,2,2,2,0 ),8) W <- 1/W W[W == Inf] <- 0 y<-c(-0.12,0.36,-0.1,0.04,-0.15,0.29,-0.11,-0.06) compar.cheverud(y,W)