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The goal of pedtools is to provide a lightweight, but comprehensive tool set for creating, manipulating and visualizing pedigrees with or without marker data. Common pedigree structures are quickly produced with tailor-made functions, while a range of utilities enable modifications like adding or removing individuals, extracting subsets, loop breaking, and merging pedigrees. The plotting functionality is imported from the kinship2 package.

pedtools is a continuation of the paramlink package, which is no longer actively developed.


To get pedtools, install from CRAN as follows:


Alternatively, you can obtain the latest development version from GitHub:

# install.packages("devtools") # install devtools if needed


The following example illustrates how pedigrees and markers may be built from scratch.


# Create pedigree
x = cousinPed(degree = 0, removal = 2)
x = addChildren(x, father = 3, nch = 2, sex = 2)

# Relabel according to plot order
x = relabel(x, "asPlot")

# Create marker and attach to pedigree
m = marker(x, "7" = "a/b", "11" = "b/b")

# Plot pedigree with genotypes
plot(x, marker = m, hatched = leaves(x))

For details about what pedtools can do, and many other examples, the vignette is the recommended place to start.