Likelihood estimation of quantitative genetic parameters when selection occurs: models and problems

Genome. 1989;31(2):768-77. doi: 10.1139/g89-136.


Conceptual aspects of estimation of genetic components of variance and covariance under selection are discussed, with special attention to likelihood methods. Certain selection processes are described and alternative likelihoods that can be used for analysis are specified. There is a mathematical relationship between the likelihoods that permits comparing the relative amount of information contained in them. Theoretical arguments and evidence indicate that point inferences made from likelihood functions are not affected by some forms of selection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Breeding*
  • Models, Genetic*
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Selection, Genetic*