Preprint 39/2014

An introduction to the mathematical structure of the Wright–Fisher model of population genetics

Tat Dat Tran, Julian Hofrichter, and Jürgen Jost

Contact the author: Please use for correspondence this email.
Submission date: 21. Mar. 2014
Pages: 14
published in: Theory in biosciences, 132 (2013) 2, p. 73-82 
DOI number (of the published article): 10.1007/s12064-012-0170-3
Download full preprint: PDF (1405 kB)

In this paper, we develop the mathematical structure of the Wright–Fisher model for evolution of the relative frequencies of two alleles at a diploid locus under random genetic drift in a population of fixed size in its simplest form, that is, without mutation or selection. We establish a new concept of a global solution for the diffusion approximation (Fokker–Planck equation), prove its existence and uniqueness and then show how one can easily derive all the essential properties of this random genetic drift process from our solution. Thus, our solution turns out to be superior to the local solution constructed by Kimura.

18.10.2019, 02:15