Description Usage Arguments Value Author(s) References Examples

This function simulates stochastic birth-death trees. Simulation can be performed conditioning on `n`

, on `t`

, or on both simultaneously. If the both, then (for optional argument `method="rejection"`

) rejection sampling is performed whereby trees are simulated given `b`

and `t`

until a tree containing `n`

taxa is found. The giving-up point can be set using the optional argument `max.count`

. Simulations can also be performed in continuous time (the default) or discrete time; the difference being that wait times in the continous-time simulation come from the exponential distribution; whereas waiting times in discrete-time simulations come from the geometric distribution. In addition, discrete-time simulations allow for the possibility that multiple speciation events can occur at (exactly) the same time, so long as they are on separate branches. Finally, sometimes for stopping criterion `n`

in discrete-time there will be a number of tips different from `n`

. This indicates that the last event contained more than one speciation event, and a warning is printed.

`method="direct"`

is presently experimental. It does not really perform direct sampling; however waiting times & birth or death events are sampled first - with only wait-times consistent with `n`

and `t`

being retained. This rejection sampling occurs one layer earlier than for `method="rejection"`

. This results in a significant (several-fold) speed-up of the code and enables sampling conditioned on `n`

and `t`

simultaneously for much higher `b`

and `d`

. At the present time, `extant.only=TRUE`

does not work for this mode, nor does `type="discrete"`

.

Note that if `ape=FALSE`

, then the function will run faster, and the tree is theoretically compatible with the ape `"phylo"`

standard; however some downstream errors with functions such as `bind.tree`

have been observed.

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`b` |
birth rate or speciation rate for |

`d` |
death rate or extinction rate for |

`n` |
desired number of species (i.e., taxa-stop criterion). |

`t` |
total time for simulation (i.e., time-stop criterion). |

`scale` |
if set, rescales tree to have total length |

`nsim` |
number of simulated trees to return. |

`type` |
string to indicate whether to simulate trees in continuous or discrete time. If the former, then wait times between speciation events are drawn from an exponential distribution; whereas if the latter then wait times comes from a geometric distribution. |

`...` |
optional arguments including |

A tree or list of trees as an object of class `"phylo"`

or `"multiPhylo"`

, respectively.

Liam Revell [email protected]

Revell, L. J. (2012) phytools: An R package for phylogenetic comparative biology (and other things). *Methods Ecol. Evol.*, **3**, 217-223.

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