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J Hered. 1992 Mar-Apr;83(2):143-6.

On the use of the classical tests for detecting linkage.

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Departamento de Genética, Facultad de Biología, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

Some drawbacks of the classical Mather's linkage text XL2 are considered, and the simple contingency analysis is suggested as an alternative method. The former test is conditional on Mendelian segregation at both loci, whereas the simple contingency test is not. Furthermore, the contingency test and the test for Mendelian segregation at each locus are orthogonal when performed using the G statistic. Simulation results show that, when the XL2 is used, the actual type I error probability (alpha a) can be dramatically perturbed. As expected, no alpha a perturbation is observed when the G contingency test is used. On the other hand, when segregation is Mendelian at both loci, the power of the XL2 method is larger than that of the contingency G test when sample size is small and strong marginal distortion is observed. Because strong marginal distortion may suggest that segregation may be non-Mendelian, the XL2 is in general discouraged in favor of the simple contingency analysis.

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