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Table 1 Theoretical and empirical values of maximum “good” λ’s

From: Reconstruction of real and simulated phylogenies based on quartet plurality inference

Number of leaves 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Maximum “good” λ s - theory 0.07 0.06 0.06 0.04 0.05 0.05 0.04 0.05 0.06 0.04
Maximum “good” λ s - practice 1.0 0.6 0.7 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.7 0.4
  1. We define maximum “good” λ as the maximum value of λ that enables us to reconstruct the species tree accurately. Of course, the exact values of the “good” λ’s may vary from one species tree to another. As one can see, the empirical values of maximum “good” λ’s are much higher than the theoretical ones, dictated by (5) (approximately one order of magnitude)