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Emmanuel Paradis, the mastermind behind 'ape' has struck again. This time he brings us the 'pegas' package, the Population and Evolutionary Genetic Analysis system. This package has a function that collapses the haplotypes (unique DNA sequences) in a DNA alignment, something which is extremely useful in various analyses and in the calculation of genetic diversity.**The Praise of Insects**, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)library(ape)

library(pegas)

data(woodmouse)

x<-woodmouse[sample(15, size=110, replace=TRUE), ]

h<-haplotype(x)

h

attr(h, "labels")

Unfortunately, the haplotypes are rather opaquely numbered by Roman numerals and makes it difficult to figure out where these samples came from. The attribute function above tells you which sequences in x make up which haplotypes in h but it's a bit tedious, particularly when dealing with large data sets. To combat this, I've written a function to label each of the haplotypes with the name given in the original DNAbin object:

'hap' is the haplotype/DNAbin object obtained from running haplotype, while 'dat' is the original DNAbin object.

haploName<-function(hap, dat){

dat<-as.matrix(dat)

nam<-dimnames(dat)[[1]]

for(i in 1:dim(hap)[1]) attr(hap, "dimnames")[[1]][i]<-nam[attr(hap, "index")[[i]][1]]

hap

}

haploName(h, x)

Let me know how it goes...

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