[R-sig-phylo] converting phylog covariance to phylo object

Matthew R. Helmus mrhelmus at gmail.com
Thu Oct 9 00:11:46 CEST 2008

phylosignal takes a phylo object and converts it to a correlation matrix 
with vcv.phylo, the phylosignal code can be edited to skip this step. 
All of the code that I wrote this summer including that from Ives and 
Godfray will take either a phylo object or a covariance matrix. We 
should edit phylosignal to do the same...


Ben Bolker wrote:
>   quick question (possibly a silly one):
> is there some obvious way to convert a phylogenetic
> covariance matrix back to a phylo object?  (I've
> grabbed the data from Ives and Godfray 2006 and
> want to try "phylosignal" on it, which requires
> a phylo object ...
>   I suppose I could try to do a cluster analysis
> using the covariance matrix as a matrix of distances,
> but I wonder whether there's a better/simpler/less
> lossy way to do it ...
>   cheers
>     Ben Bolker
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