A selection of references that you might find useful.
Some of them provide an example, an empirical explanation, or a theoretical justification for several statistical methods that can be employed using the scripts in the Mx scripts' library. Others are considered standard works that can be used as a general reference.
The rationale for setting up this library can be found in Posthuma, Beem, de Geus, van Baal, von B. Hjelmborg, Iachine, Boomsma. (2003). Theory and Practice in Quantitative Genetics. Twin Research, 6(5).
Bartels M, Hudziak JJ, Van den Oord EJCG, Van Beijsterveldt,
CEM, Rietveld MJH, and Boomsma DI. (2003). Co-occurence of
Aggressive Behavior and Rule-Breaking Behavior at Age 12: Multi-Rater
Analyses. Behavior Genetics, 33(5); 607-621. A practical example of multiple rater models
Boomsma DI, Busjahn A, & Peltonen L. (2002). The classical twin study and beyond. Nature Reviews Genetics, 3, 872-882.
Boomsma DI, Dolan CV. (2000). Multivariate QTL analysis using structural equation modeling: A look at power under simple conditions. In: Advances in Twin & Sib-Pair Analysis. T Spector, H Snieder, A MacGregor (Eds), pp. 203-218, Greenwich Medical Media Ltd. A simulation study showing the benefits of multivariate phenotypes for the statistical power to detect variation due to quantitative trait loci
Boomsma DI, & Martin NG. (2002). Gene-environment interactions. In: Biological Psychiatry, H Dhaenen, JA den Boer, & P Wilner (Eds), pp. 181-187, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Boomsma DI, & Molenaar PCM. (1986). Using LISREL to analyze genetic and environmental covariance structure. Behavior Genetics, 16, 237-250.
Boomsma DI, & Molenaar PCM. (1987). Constrained maximum likelihood analysis of familial resemblance of twins and their parents. Acta Geneticae Medicae et Gemellologiae, 36, 29-39.
Boomsma DI, & Molenaar PCM (1987). The genetic analysis of repeated measures I: Simplex models. Behavior Genetics, 17, 111-123.
DeFries JC & Fulker DW. (1988). Multiple regression analysis of twin data: etiology of deviant scores versus individual differences. Acta Genet Med Gemellol (Roma), 37(3-4):205-16.
Dolan CV, Boomsma DI, Neale MC. (1999). A note on the power provided by sibships of sizes 2, 3, and 4 in genetic covariance modeling of a codominant QTL. Behavior Genetics, 29(3), 163-70. A simulation study showing the benefits of using samples including twins and additional siblings for the statistical power to detect variation due to quantitative trait loci
Dolan CV, Molenaar PCM, & Boomsma DI (1991). Simultaneous genetic analysis of longitudinal means and covariance structure in the simplex model using twin data. Behavior Genetics, 21, 49-65.
Duffy DL, & Martin NG. (1994). Inferring the Direction of Causation in cross-sectional twin data: theoretical and empirical considerations. Genetic Epidemiology, 11, 483-502.
Eaves LJ. (1969). The genetic analysis of continuous variation: a comparison of experimental designs applicable to human data. The British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, 22, 131-147.
Eaves LJ, & Gale JS. (1974). A method for analyzing the genetic basis of covariation. Behavior Genetics, 4, 253-267.
Falconer DS & Mackay TFC. (1996). Introduction to quantitative genetics. Longan Group Ltd. Fourth Edition Standard work on classical biometrical genetics, updated edition 1996
Fulker DW, Cherny SS, Sham PC, Hewitt JK. (1999). Combined linkage and association sib-pair analysis for quantitative traits. American Journal of Human Genetics, 64(1), 259-267. Original introduction of the combined linkage and association method for quantitative traits, including tests for population stratification
Jinks JL & Fulker DW. (1970). A comparison of the biometrical-genetical, MAVA and classical approaches to the analysis of human behavior. Psychological Bulletin, 73, 311-349. Classic paper
Kendler KS & Eaves LJ. (1986). Models for the joint effects of genotype and environment on liability to psychiatric illness. American Journal of Psychiatry, 143, 279-289.
Lynch M & Walsh B. (1998). Genetics and analysis of quantitative traits. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland. Comprehensive book on quantitative genetic analysis, recommended
Martin NG & Eaves LJ. (1977). The genetical analysis of covariance structure. Heredity, 38, 79-95.
Martin NG, Boomsma DI, & Neale MC. (1989). Genetic analysis of twin and family data: Structural modeling using LISREL. Behavior Genetics, 19, 5-7.
Martin NG, Boomsma DI, & Machin G. (1997). A twin pronged attack on complex traits. Nature Genetics, 17, 387-392.
Mather K. (1949). Biometrical Genetics. London: Methuen. A classic. Somewhat difficult to read due to the use of old notation
Mather K & Jinks JL. (1982). Biometrical Genetics. New York, NY: Chapman & Hall.
Neale MC. (1997). Mx: Statistical modeling. 3rd edition Box 980126 MCV, Richmond VA 23298. Manual for Mx software
Neale MC. (2003). A finite mixture distribution model for data collected from twins. Twin Research, 6(3), 235-239 . Describes a mixture distribution approach to twin data where zygosity status is not known with 100% certainty.
Neale MC & Cardon LR. (1992). Methodology for Genetic Studies of Twins and Families. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Standard work behavior genetic modelling. In this version models are illustrated by LISREL scripting. A newer version (Neale and Maes) which uses Mx script language will soon be available
Neale MC, Eaves LJ, & Kendler KS. (1994). The power of the classical twin study to resolve variation in threshold traits. Behavior Genetics, 24, 239-258.
Posthuma D, Boomsma DI. (2000). A note on the statistical power in extended twin designs. Behavior Genetics, 30, 147-158. A simulation study showing the benefits of using samples including twins and additional siblings for the statistical power to detect variance components
Posthuma D, Geus EJC de, Bleichrodt N, Boomsma DI. (2000). Twin-singleton differences in intelligence? Twin Research, 3:83-87. An empirical study showing the testing of various assumptions of the twin method using saturated models and a sample including twins and additional siblings
Posthuma D, Geus EJC de, Boomsma DI, and Neale MC. (2004) Combined linkage and association tests in Mx. Behavior Genetics, 34 (2), 179-195. Extension and practical implementation into structural equation models of the method introduced by Fulker et al. (1999).
Purcell S, & Sham PC. (2003). A model-fitting implementation of the DeFries-Fulker model for selected twin data. Behav Genet, 33(3), 271-278. Practical implementation of the DeFries-Fulker model for selected samples.
Rietveld MJH, Hudziak JJ, Bartels M, van Beijsterveldt CEM,
Boomsma DI. (2003) Heritability of Attention Problems in Children: I. Cross-sectional Results from a Study of Twins, age 3 to 12. Am J Med Gen Part B. (Neuropsychiatric Genetics), 117B, 102-113. Practical implementation of sibling interaction or rater contrast effects.
Sham PC. (1998). Statistics in human genetics. Arnold Publishers, London.
Vandenberg SG, & Falkner F. (1965) Hereditary factors in human growth. Human Biology, 37, 357-365.
Van der Valk JC, van den Oord EJCG, Verhulst FC, and Boomsma
DI. (2001) Using Parental Ratings to Study the Etiology of 3-year-old Twins' Problem Behaviors: Different Views or Rater Bias? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 42(7), 921-931. A practical example of multiple rater models
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