The geometry of the Fisher selection dynamics
Abstract
We study the Fisher model describing natural selection in a population with a diploid structure of a genome by differential geometric methods. For the selection dynamics we introduce an affine connection which is shown to be the projectively Euclidean and the equiaffine one. The selection dynamics is reformulated similar to the motion of an effective particle moving along the geodesic lines in an 'effective external field' of a tensor type. An exact solution is found to the Fisher equations for the special case of fitness matrix associated to the effect of chromosomal imprinting of mammals. Biological sense of the differential geometric constructions is discussed. The affine curvature is considered as a direct consequence of an allele coupling in the system. This curving of the selection dynamics geometry is related to an inhomogenity of the time flow in the course of the selection.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 May 1998
 arXiv:
 arXiv:physics/9805006
 Bibcode:
 1998physics...5006S
 Keywords:

 Biological Physics
 EPrint:
 9 LaTeX pages