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Dear ASREML colleagues.

You may be aware of a major push to improve the PREDICTION capability
of ASREML.  I have completed an initial implementation and invite
BRAVE and CRITICAL souls who wish to predict means from ASREML jobs
to give it a go.  To that end, I have put the new version on
the website and enclose pages 107-110 of the current manual
which decribes the syntax.

Note that this facility is much more convenient than the .pin file
procedure for predicting means but the .pin file stuff is still there
and indeed is still needed for calculating functions of variance

An important change though is the output from using a pin file is now written
to a .pvc (Prediced Variance Components) file while predictions
from the new procedure are written to the .pvs file.

I have tested the procedure on only 5 simple examples.  There is a high
probability it will not work correctly for some of your analyses
and I need to know those cases so I can fix it.  

I would also like feedback on what else is desired in a prediction facility.
I recommend that you double check any results against another method
at least for the next few weeks until we can confirm the procedure
is working reliabily.  It would therefore be helpful to report
problems to the list.

This is an initial implementation.  Several things have been
agreed for implementation but are not there yet.


Arthur Gilmour PhD        
Principal Research Scientist (Biometrics)            fax: <61> 2 6391 3899
NSW Agriculture                                           <61> 2 6391 3922
Orange Agricultural Institute             telephone work: <61> 2 6391 3815
Forest Rd, ORANGE, 2800, AUSTRALIA                  home: <61> 2 6362 0046

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