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BEAST is a cross-platform program for Bayesian MCMC analysis of molecular sequences. It is entirely orientated towards rooted, time-measured phylogenies inferred using strict or relaxed molecular clock models. It can be used as a method of reconstructing phylogenies but is also a framework for testing evolutionary hypotheses without conditioning on a single tree topology. BEAST uses MCMC to average over tree space, so that each tree is weighted proportional to its posterior probability. We include a simple to use user-interface program for setting up standard analyses and a suit of programs for analysing the results. Template:App Location

Installed versions

  • 1.6.2

Running the application using modules

To use beast with the environment modules system at HPC the following commands are available:

Get module information for beast:

$module spider beast

Load the default application module:

$module load beast

The modulefile for this software adds the directory with executable files to the shell execution PATH and sets the following environment variables:

  • HPC_BEAST_DIR - directory where beast is located.
  • HPC_BEAST_BIN - executable directory
  • HPC_BEAST_LIB - library directory
  • HPC_BEAST_DOC - docs directory