distRoot {adephylo}  R Documentation 
The function distRoot
computes the distance of a set of tips to the
root. Several distances can be used, defaulting to the sum of branch
lengths.
distRoot(x, tips = "all", method = c("patristic", "nNodes", "Abouheif", "sumDD"))
x 

tips 
A vector of integers identifying tips by their numbers, or a vector of characters identifying tips by their names. 
method 
a character string (full or abbreviated without ambiguity)
specifying the method used to compute distances ; possible values are: 
Abouheif
distance refers to the phylogenetic distance underlying the
test of Abouheif (see references). Let P be the set of all the nodes in the
path going from node1
to node2
. Let DDP be the number of
direct descendants from each node in P. Then, the socalled 'Abouheif'
distance is the product of all terms in DDP.
sumDD
refers to a phylogenetic distance quite similar to that of
Abouheif. We consider the same sets P and DDP. But instead of computing the
product of all terms in DDP, this distance computes the sum of all terms in
DDP.
A numeric vector containing one distance value for each tip.
Thibaut Jombart tjombart@imperial.ac.uk
Pavoine, S.; Ollier, S.; Pontier, D. & Chessel, D. (2008) Testing for phylogenetic signal in life history variable: Abouheif's test revisited. Theoretical Population Biology: 73, 7991.
distTips
which computes the same phylogenetic
distances, but between tips.
if(require(ape) & require(phylobase)){ ## make a tree x < as(rtree(50),"phylo4") ## compute 4 different distances met < c("patristic","nNodes","Abouheif","sumDD") D < lapply(met, function(e) distRoot(x, method=e) ) names(D) < met D < as.data.frame(D) ## plot these distances along with the tree temp < phylo4d(x, D) table.phylo4d(temp, show.node=FALSE, cex.lab=.6) }