DROPOUT: a program to identify problem loci and samples for noninvasive genetic samples in a capture-mark-recapture framework.

Molecular Ecology Notes (Impact Factor: 2.38). 09/2005; DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2005.01038.x
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ABSTRACT Genotyping error, often associated with low-quantity/quality DNA samples, is an important issue when using genetic tags to estimate abundance using capture-mark-recapture (CMR). dropout, an MS-Windows program, identifies both loci and samples that likely contain errors affecting CMR estimates. dropout uses a 'bimodal test', that enumerates the number of loci different between each pair of samples, and a 'difference in capture history test' (DCH) to determine those loci producing the most errors. Importantly, the DCH test allows one to determine that a data set is error-free. dropout has been evaluated in McKelvey & Schwartz (2004) and is now available online.

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