Supported Applications


  • Description

    a cross-platform program for Bayesian phylogenetic analysis of molecular sequences. It estimates rooted, time-measured phylogenies using strict or relaxed molecular clock models. It can be used as a method of reconstructing phylogenies but is also a framework for testing evolutionary hypotheses without conditioning on a single tree topology. BEAST 2 uses Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) to average over tree space, so that each tree is weighted proportional to its posterior probability, and includes a graphical user-interface for setting up standard analyses and a suit of programs for analysing the results.

  • Primary Citation*

    R. Bouckaert, J. Heled, D. K├╝hnert, T. Vaughan, C.-H. Wu, D. Xie, M. A. Suchard, A. Rambaut, and A. J. Drummond. 2014. BEAST 2: A Software Platform for Bayesian Evolutionary Analysis. PLoS Computational Biology. 10(4): e1003537.

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  • Default Versions

    Linux 64:  2.5.1
    OS X INTEL:  2.5.1

  • Developers

    Alexei Drummond.