BEAST 2 Help Me Choose

BEAST 2 Help Me Choose Indicators prior

Indicators prior

This is the prior on the total number of population size changes in the population function of the extended Bayesian skyline model (Heled & Drummond, 2008). If this number is zero, there are no population size changes and the model behaves like a coalescent with a constant population size.

Usually, a low number of population size changes should be encouraged, so a distribution with a low mean can be used for this.

This is an integer number, so a Poisson prior with a low mean value could be appropriate.


Heled J, Drummond AJ. Bayesian inference of population size history from multiple loci. BMC evolutionary biology. 2008 Dec;8(1):1-5. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-8-289.

Bayesian evolutionary analysis by sampling trees

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