How to use GeneClass2 ?

Standard disclaimer: This program is provided "as-is". The authors and providers disclaim all warranties, expressed or implied, regarding the performance of this software. You may distribute this program freely in any format, so long as the following conditions are met: the program remains intact without modification, the help file is included without modification, no fee of any kind is charged.  

Please cite this reference if you use GeneClass2:

Piry S, Alapetite A, Cornuet, J.-M., Paetkau D, Baudouin, L., Estoup, A. (2004) GeneClass2: A Software for Genetic Assignment and First-Generation Migrant Detection. Journal of Heredity 95:536-539.

WARNING: For reasons of international compatibility, the decimal separator used in GeneClass2 is a dot ".".

In order to use GeneClass2, your dataset(s) must be in a recognizable format. The file formats that are recognized are: GenePop (alleles coded with 2 or 3 digits, or haploid) (Raymond & Rousset, 1995; see also "Genepop on the web"), FStat (Goudet, 1995), Genetix (Belkhir et al.), plus a XML (eXtended Markup Language) based format and an internally-used format (CIRAD-PRN). Please consult these references for detailed information on the file formats.
Note that it is preferable that the datafile contains as few missing data as possible (see Piry et al., 2004 for missing data management).

The language (French or English) can be choosen with the "Language" menu of GeneClass2.

It is worth noting that for most options chosen in the program a reference is indicated in a window: it is recomended to consult such references when detailed information are needed.

The following links provide more detailed instructions on the use of GeneClass2.

  1. Detection of migrants
  2. Assignment of individuals (or groups of individuals)
  3. Data file conversion and description of population diversity