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I was recently working on getting a statistical model of a DNA sequence. To do this I found that understanding evolution quantitatively seems to be quite important. I would really appreciate any book recommendations on the basics of evolution.

I come from an Electrical Engineering background and have a limited knowledge of evolution and biology.

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You're looking for a introductory textbook that explain the principles of evolution, explain what is speciation and how it occurs, what is a gene, an allele, a locus, etc… explain stuff about phylogeny and so on. Or you want a book of population genetics (mathematical formulations of how an allele change in frequency in response to selection, to genetic drift. How does the population structure influence the probability of fixation of one allele etc..). Or something else more specific to bioinformatics.It's probably wiser to start with a book that gives an general introduction of evolution. –  Remi.b Apr 15 at 22:38
    
I was looking for something more quantitative. I did read Dawkins' 'The Selfish Gene', which was quite brilliant in my opinion. –  Devil Apr 15 at 22:57
    
Ok, so I think you might want to try one of the book given in the second paragraph of the answer of this other post –  Remi.b Apr 15 at 22:59

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You either want a introductory book in evolutionary biology or a book that provide models/formulations of evolutionary processes

In my first class of evolutionary biology I had this textbook: Futuyama, Evolution I think it gives a good start to the field and offers a good overview of the difference subfields.

If you think you already knows enough about the concepts selection, genetic drift, molecular evolution, etc… and you want a book that provides mathematical formulations of evolution, then you might want to have a look into the field of population genetics. On this post you'll find some book-recommendations

If you are particularly interested into molecular evolution, I'd suggest: Yang, Computational molecular evolution

Maybe you are particularly interested into the math of speciation or the statistics used in bioinformatics. Then…. I don't know! It's not quite my field!


I might misunderstand the words "evolutionary models" in your title. I thought that meant mathematical formulations. But you might just looking for something a general introductory book. Hope my answer helps you!

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Thanks a lot. By evolutionary models, I meant mathematical formulations. –  Devil Apr 15 at 22:54

I really good intro to evolution book is The Evolution of Vertebrate Design by Leonard Radinski.

Also, for a more math based approach you could look into Narrow Roads of Gene Land. These are collected papers of W.D Hamilton.

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