These archives contain complete practicals to using BEAST, Tracer and Fig Tree complete with the required data sets.
Divergence Dating (Primates) v1.2(BEAST v1.6.x) correct a mistake in v1.2: missing prior of node calibration (Homi Cerco).
Estimating Rates in Viruses (RSVA) v1.0Estimating the rate of evolution from serially-sampled sequences (dated tips) using an RSVA (human respiratory syncytial virus subgroup A) data set.
Combined Practical (Viruses) v1.0Virus (BEAST v1.5.x) Virus_Practical_1_6_1(BEAST v1.6.x) new A three-part virus practical that covers the same material as the two above but has an additional part on Bayesian Skyline Plots.
Influenza BEAST A two-part practical focused on human influenza virus A (A/H1N1pdm and A/H3N2).
Using sequences sampled at different points in time to estimate rates in dengue virus Describes the use of the BEAUti GUI application to create a BEAST XML file for analysing data where sequences have known dates of sampling.
Analysing BEAST output using Tracer Describes the use of the Tracer GUI application to analyse the output of BEAST.
Summarizing BEAST trees using Tree Annotator and Fig Tree Describes the use of the Tree Annotator utility and Fig Tree to summarize the trees produced by BEAST.
Estimating the divergence time of a monophyletic group using a known mutation rate This tutorial describes the use of BEAUti and BEAST to analyse some primate sequences and estimate the date of divergence of humans and chimps when the mutation rate is known.
How to increase the ESS of a parameter A short list of techniques for increasing the effective sample size (ESS) for a BEAST analysis.
The following tutorials describe how to edit BEAST XML format to create more advanced analyses.