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This example shows how to generate bootstrap replicates of DNA sequences. The data generated by bootstrapping is used to estimate the confidence of the branches in a phylogenetic tree.

Bootstrap, jackknife, and permutation tests are common tests used in phylogenetics to estimate the significance of the branches of a tree. This process can be very time consuming because of the large number of samples that have to be taken in order to have an accurate confidence estimate. The more times the data are sampled the better the analysis. A cluster of computers can shorten the time needed for this analysis by distributing the work to several machines and recombining the data.

This example uses 12 pre-aligned sequences isolated from different hominidae species and stored in a FASTA-formatted file. A phylogenetic tree is constructed by using the UPGMA method with pairwise distances. More specifically, the `seqpdist`

function computes the pairwise distances among the considered sequences and then the function `seqlinkage`

builds the tree and returns the data in a `phytree`

object. You can use the `phytreeviewer`

function to visualize and explore the tree.

```
primates = fastaread('primatesaligned.fa');
num_seqs = length(primates)
```

num_seqs = 12

```
orig_primates_dist = seqpdist(primates);
orig_primates_tree = seqlinkage(orig_primates_dist,'average',primates);
phytreeviewer(orig_primates_tree);
```

A bootstrap replicate is a shuffled representation of the DNA sequence data. To make a bootstrap replicate of the primates data, bases are sampled randomly from the sequences with replacement and concatenated to make new sequences. The same number of bases as the original multiple alignment is used in this analysis, and then gaps are removed to force a new pairwise alignment. The function `randsample`

samples the data with replacement. This function can also sample the data randomly without replacement to perform jackknife analysis. For this analysis, 100 bootstrap replicates for each sequence are created.

num_boots = 100; seq_len = length(primates(1).Sequence); boots = cell(num_boots,1); for n = 1:num_boots reorder_index = randsample(seq_len,seq_len,true); for i = num_seqs:-1:1 %reverse order to preallocate memory bootseq(i).Header = primates(i).Header; bootseq(i).Sequence = strrep(primates(i).Sequence(reorder_index),'-',''); end boots{n} = bootseq; end

Determining the distances between DNA sequences for a large data set and building the phylogenetic trees can be time-consuming. Distributing these calculations over several machines/cores decreases the computation time. This example assumes that you have already started a MATLAB® pool with additional parallel resources. For information about setting up and selecting parallel configurations, see "Programming with User Configurations" in the Parallel Computing Toolbox™ documentation. If you do not have the Parallel Computing Toolbox™, the following `PARFOR`

loop executes sequentially without any further modification.

fun = @(x) seqlinkage(x,'average',{primates.Header}); boot_trees = cell(num_boots,1); parpool('local');

Starting parallel pool (parpool) using the 'local' profile ...

parfor (n = 1:num_boots) dist_tmp = seqpdist(boots{n}); boot_trees{n} = fun(dist_tmp); end delete(gcp('nocreate'));

The topology of every bootstrap tree is compared with that of the original tree. Any interior branch that gives the same partition of species is counted. Since branches may be ordered differently among different trees but still represent the same partition of species, it is necessary to get the canonical form for each subtree before comparison. The first step is to get the canonical subtrees of the original tree using the `subtree`

and `getcanonical`

methods from the Bioinformatics Toolbox™.

for i = num_seqs-1:-1:1 % for every branch, reverse order to preallocate branch_pointer = i + num_seqs; sub_tree = subtree(orig_primates_tree,branch_pointer); orig_pointers{i} = getcanonical(sub_tree); orig_species{i} = sort(get(sub_tree,'LeafNames')); end

Now you can get the canonical subtrees for all the branches of every bootstrap tree.

for j = num_boots:-1:1 for i = num_seqs-1:-1:1 % for every branch branch_ptr = i + num_seqs; sub_tree = subtree(boot_trees{j},branch_ptr); clusters_pointers{i,j} = getcanonical(sub_tree); clusters_species{i,j} = sort(get(sub_tree,'LeafNames')); end end

For each subtree in the original tree, you can count how many times it appears within the bootstrap subtrees. To be considered as similar, they must have the same topology and span the same species.

count = zeros(num_seqs-1,1); for i = 1 : num_seqs -1 % for every branch for j = 1 : num_boots * (num_seqs-1) if isequal(orig_pointers{i},clusters_pointers{j}) if isequal(orig_species{i},clusters_species{j}) count(i) = count(i) + 1; end end end end Pc = count ./ num_boots % confidence probability (Pc)

`Pc = `*11×1*
1.0000
1.0000
0.9900
0.9900
0.5400
0.5400
1.0000
0.4300
0.3900
0.3900
⋮

The confidence information associated with each branch node can be stored within the tree by annotating the node names. Thus, you can create a new tree, equivalent to the original primates tree, and annotate the branch names to include the confidence levels computed above. `phytreeviewer`

displays this data in datatips when the mouse is hovered over the internal nodes of the tree.

[ptrs,dist,names] = get(orig_primates_tree,'POINTERS','DISTANCES','NODENAMES'); for i = 1:num_seqs -1 % for every branch branch_ptr = i + num_seqs; names{branch_ptr} = [names{branch_ptr} ', confidence: ' num2str(100*Pc(i)) ' %']; end tr = phytree(ptrs,dist,names)

Phylogenetic tree object with 12 leaves (11 branches)

You can select the branch nodes with a confidence level greater than a given threshold, for example 0.9, and view these corresponding nodes in the Phylogenetic Tree app. You can also select these branch nodes interactively within the app.

high_conf_branch_ptr = find(Pc > 0.9) + num_seqs; view(tr, high_conf_branch_ptr)

[1] Felsenstein, J., "Inferring Phylogenies", Sinaur Associates, Inc., 2004.

[2] Nei, M. and Kumar, S., "Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics", Oxford University Press. Chapter 4, 2000.