The standard lateral gene transfer model is statistically consistent for pectinate four-taxon trees
Andreas Sand, Mike Steel
(Submitted on 22 Apr 2013)
Evolutionary events such as incomplete lineage sorting and lateral gene transfer constitute major problems for inferring species trees from gene trees, as they can sometimes lead to gene trees which conflict with the underlying species tree. One particularly simple and efficient way to infer species trees from gene trees under such conditions is to combine three-taxon analyses for several genes using a majority vote approach. For incomplete lineage sorting this method is known to be statistically consistent, however, in the case of lateral gene transfer it is known that a zone of inconsistency does exist for a specific four-taxon tree topology. In this paper we analyze all remaining four-taxon topologies and show that no other inconsistencies exist.