Continuing on Hermann's question about non-normal data, what is your opinion
on/ experience with using an animal model in analysing non-normal data?
I have applied it succesfully (i.e. convergence to reasonable estimates) on my
data. I tried to get a confirmation of the results from applying a sire + dam
model on the same data, but the iteration did not converge. This is very
likely caused by small family sizes in this particular case.
I know that other users have bad experience with animal models, and they use
sire+dam models instead.
But first of all, it is not quite clear to me, if animal models applied to
discrete data lead to proper estimates?
Animal Breeding & Genetics group
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