MCB111: Mathematics in Biology (Fall 2023)

week 05:

Maximum likelihood and leasts squares


Present all your reasoning, derivations, plots and code as part of the homework. Imagine that you are writing a short paper that anyone in class should to be able to understand. If you are stuck in some point, please describe the issue and how far you got. A jupyter notebook if you are working in Python is not required, but recommended.

More on QTLs

We continue with the example we discussed in class from Ding et al. about fly variants with different male sine song frequencies.

For each backcross fly, we do RNA-seq, and (using a clever model named multiplex shotgun genotyping) you can assign to each allele whether it corresponds to the sim parent or to the mau parent. The mau allele seems to be largely dominant, thus we assign genotypes as “1” if both alleles are sim and “0” otherwise.

Here is the data file w05-homework.dat. Each line corresponds to one backcross male. Each line includes the sine song frequency (first field) followed by the genotypes (1 or 0) for 10 independent loci.

The phenotypic data is real (from Ding et al.), the genotypes for the 10 loci are made up.