The concept of effective population size is imporatnt in population genetics. This function estimates the effective population size N_e from temporallysapced genetic data using maximum likelihood method with continuous approximation.
1 2  NB.estimator(infile, alleles, sample.interval, bound = c(50, 1e+07),
profile.likelihood=FALSE)

infile 
The input dataset. It should be a plain text file (*.txt) containing the number of alleles of each allele, at each locus, from each temporal sample. For example, Suppose we have i temporal samples from the focal population, j loci, and K_j alleles at locus j.
Denoting the number of copies of allele k at locus j from sample i as n_{k,j,i}, then the input format of data is as follows:

alleles 
A vector containing the number of alleles at each locus. For example, 
sample.interval 
A vector stating at which generations the samples were taken. For example, 
bound 
Lower and upper bound for searching for the effective population size. Default values are 
profile.likelihood 

The input arguments above largely follow the input format of MLNE (Wang, 2001; Wang and Whitlock, 2003) to allow users to switch between platforms with the minimal effort.
The infile should be in a plain text (*.txt) file format. It contains the same information as the input data as MLNE does. The builtin optim
optimiser is wrapped within this function.
N 
The point estimate of the effective population size N_e. 
CI 
The approximate 95% confidence interval calculated from the loglikelihood. They are the region where the loglikelihood is 2 units below the maxima. 
log.like 
The value of the maximised loglikelihood. 
profile.CI 
A list of loglikelihood values as a function of N_e within the 95% confidence interval. 
If you would like to use your own optimisation algorithm or customerise the parameters within the optim
function, please consider using NB.likelihood
from this package.
NB.likelihood
. NB.example.dataset.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18  ## CREATE SAMPLE DATASET
NB.example.dataset()
## RUN THE FUNCTION
NB.estimator(infile='sample_data.txt', alleles=rep(4, 50),
sample.interval=c(0, 8), profile.likelihood=FALSE)
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## NUMERICAL RESULTS
#$N
# [1] 1241.079
#
#$CI
#[1] 594.195 6375.933
#
#$log.like
#[1] 543.9159
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