Statistical parsimony network:
-links haplotypes to one another through a series ofevolutionary steps.
- algorithm estimates (at 95% statistical confidence) themaximum number of base pair differences betweenhaplotypes [= the parsimony limit].
-Haplotypes that differ by a single mutation are connected,followed by two mutations, then three . . … ..
End product: a single network showing interrelationshipsof haplotypes that requires the smallest number of mutations. The connections represent coalescent events.
Haplotypes that exceed the parsimony limit are not connected.