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Fall 2022 Course Information
Applied Variance Component Estimation

Course Description
This course will extend upon content covered in linear models and genetic prediction, with specific emphasis on estimation of (co)variance components and genetic parameters required to solve mixed models typical in livestock genetics. Upon successful completion of this course, students should have an applied knowledge of approaches used to estimate the G and R submatrices of the mixed model equations. Several tools will be used to demonstrate the models and approaches most commonly used in parameter estimation. Where appropriate, scientific literature that explains their implementation, and some attributes of the solutions obtained will be used. A general knowledge of linear models, matrix algebra, moment statistics, rules of expectation and familiarity with UNIX/Linux Operating Systems will be assumed, including scripting tools such as awk, octave, join, sort, paste, wc, etc. This course will begin in a somewhat historical manner, proceeding on to methods and software currently used for research and field data implementation. Prerequisite: Genetic Prediction
Contacts
Instructor

Scott Speidel
Office: 970-491-5419
scott.speidel@colostate.edu

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Textbooks

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Course Access
 
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Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.

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