Appendix 2: Multilocus F-statistics
(as it appears in the DOS version 3.4 documentation written by Francois Rousset)

Fis may be defined as , where the QÕs are probability of identity in state of pairs of genes either within (Q1>) or between (Q2) individuals within subpopulations. Fst may likewise be defined as  where Q3 is the probability of identity in state of pairs of genes between subpopulations. It can be estimated as  where the Õs are frequencies of identical pairs of genes in the sample. These estimates may be expressed in terms of the mean sums of squares MSG, MSI, MSP computed by an analysis of variance:, , and where nc is a function of the size of each sample.

With several loci, such an analysis is performed for each locus i. However, there is no single obvious way to compute multilocus F-statistics. Weir and Cockerham's (1984) multilocus estimators are defined from sums of intermediate statistics a, b, and c for each locus. The numerator of Fst of Weir and Cockerham (1984) is the sum over alleles of the a terms, . WeirÕs (1996) estimators are defined from sums of intermediate statistics S1, S2, and S3. The numerator of Weir (1996) is the sum over alleles of the S1 terms which are whereis an average over all loci. The 1984 and 1996 estimators slightly differ, but both give the same weight to the estimates of the Õs for a locus typed at 5 individuals in each subpopulation as for a locus typed at 50 individuals in each subpopulation..

Genepop uses yet other formulas. The multilocus estimator of Genepop has numerator , which will give 10 time more weight to the Q estimates for the more intensively typed locus. Explicit formulas for the estimators are (the estimators are sometimes expressed in terms of ,, and ):


The following example (due to A.J. Gharrett) illustrates the results obtained by the different methods for the data shown here.

Estimate Fis Fst Fit
Loc1 -0.0483 0.5712 0.5505
Loc2 -0.1161 0.8560 0.8393
Loc3 0.0051 -0.0023 0.0028
Multilocus (1984 a,b,c method) -0.0286 0.5606 0.5480
Multilocus (1996 S1,S2,S3 method) -0.0286 0.5633 0.5508
Multilocus (Genepop v3.3 and later) -0.0275 0.5436 0.5310

Most of the time the different estimators yield close values.

Note that options 5.2 and 5.3 also return unweighted averages of MSG over loci.


Last Modified on April 14, 2010 by Eleanor Morgan
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