Statistics in Genetics: Human Migrations Detected by Multivariate Techniques

  • Alberto Piazza
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 122)


The role of migration as a mechanism influencing the genetic structure of human populations has long been recognized. Human migrations, however, can occur in several different ways, each with its characteristic pattern in time and space. An exhaustive analysis of this evolutionary pressure, how it interacts with biological factors as natural selection and random genetic drift, and with no biological constraints like geographic distances and barriers cannot be condensed in few pages. We rather focus on empirical studies and specifically on how human migration can be detected by the multivariate technique of principal component analysis.


Genetic Differentiation Gene Frequency Middle East Multivariate Technique Principal Component Score 
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