Effective Population Size
Published Online: 15 JUL 2006
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How to Cite
Whitlock, M. C. 2006. Effective Population Size. eLS. .
- Published Online: 15 JUL 2006
The effective size of a population (Ne) is the size of an ideal population that has the same amount of genetic drift, change in heterozygosity or rate of fixation as the population. Thus Ne can predict these quantities in a nonideal population.
- random genetic drift;
- theoretical population genetics;
- ideal population;
- genetic variance