Computational aspects of DNA mixture analysis

Computational aspects of DNA mixture analysis
Therese Graversen, Steffen Lauritzen
(Submitted on 18 Jul 2013)

Statistical analysis of DNA mixtures is known to pose computational challenges due to the enormous state space of possible DNA profiles. We propose a Bayesian network representation for genotypes, allowing computations to be performed locally involving only a few alleles at each step. In addition, we describe a general method for computing the expectation of a product of discrete random variables using auxiliary variables and probability propagation in a Bayesian network, which in combination with the genotype network allows efficient computation of the likelihood function and various other quantities relevant to the inference. Lastly, we introduce a set of diagnostic tools for assessing the adequacy of the model for describing a particular dataset.

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