(Co)variance structures for linear models in the analysis of plant improvement data

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Gilmour, A. R., Cullis, B. R., Frensham, A. B. and Thompson, R. 1998. (Co)variance structures for linear models in the analysis of plant improvement data. Payne, R. W. and Green, P. (ed.) Compstat 1998: Proceedings 13th Symposium in Computational Statistics, Bristol, 1998 . Physica-Verlag, Heidelberg. pp. 53-64 doi:10.1007/978-3-662-01131-7_5

AuthorsGilmour, A. R., Cullis, B. R., Frensham, A. B. and Thompson, R.
Abstract

Plant improvement programs involve the evaluation of a large number of genotypes (varieties) in a series of designed experiments known as multi-environment trials (MET). The combined analysis of MET data is a complex statistical problem which requires extensions to the standard linear mixed model. The analysis must accommodate spatial correlation structures for the plot errors from each trial and appropriate genetic covariance structures. ASReml (Gilmour, Cullis, Welham & Thompson, 1998) provides a broad range of variance structures for both the errors and the random effects in a linear mixed model. The gains in statistical efficiency resulting from the use of more complex but more realistic variance structures are large. With ASReml they can be achieved at very little extra cost since the algorithm and use of sparse matrix methods ensures timely analyses. In this paper the computational strategy of ASReml will be described and some of the scope of the program will be demonstrated in the analysis of a MET data set.

Year of Publication1998
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/978-3-662-01131-7_5
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Journal citationpp. 53-64
PublisherPhysica-Verlag, Heidelberg
Book editorPayne, R. W.
Green, P.
ISBN9783790811315
Funder project or code207
445
Project: 141673
Output statusPublished
Copyright licensePublisher copyright
Page range53-64
EditorsPayne, R. W. and Green, P.

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