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Application of single-step genomic evaluation using social genetic effect model for growth in pig.


The genetic effect of an individual on the phenotypes of its social partners (i.e., pen mates) is often termed the social genetic effect (SGE) or the indirect genetic effect [1]. The growth rate is a key trait in pig breeding goals because it contributes to economic efficiency. However, negative effects of social interactions, such as tail biting, or excessive aggression can inhibit growth of pen mates, resulting in reduce productivity in pig farming. The report by Bergsma et al [2] on pigs indicated that the heritable social interaction among various group members might play a role in their average daily gain (ADG). In this regard, Bijma et al [1] stated that the total breeding value (TBV), expressed as the combined direct breeding value (DBV) of an individual and social breeding values (SBV) of pen mates, for growth performance can be used in selection that includes SGE. Although the estimation of SBV in pigs is achievable through the traditional pedigree-based approach directly using phenotypes, this will inevitably result in lower accuracy [3]. Therefore, it is also highly desirable to use a model i.e., genomic best linear unbiased prediction (BLUP) [4], for the selection of pigs which will include SGE as well as improve accuracy in predictions of breeding values.

In recent years, a single-step genomic BLUP (ssGBLUP) which provides better predictions for all animals in a pedigree [5], is a method of choice for genomic evaluation. In pigs, Christensen et al [6] has provided evidence of improved predictions through ssGBLUP, compared with the pedigree-based method. They also suggested an adjustment of the genomic relationship matrix with ssGBLUP. As genomic information is now often used to optimize selection outcomes, it seems reasonable that the inclusion of social interactions alongside genomic information might benefit the selection of in Korean pigs as well. Therefore, this study was established with the following aims: i) to verify the feasibility of the SGE model using ssGBLUP in dam lines and ii) to evaluate the influences of different scales of matrices on the contribution of heritable social effects to the phenotypic variance.


Animal phenotypes

The phenotypic dataset on the growth rate af animals was obtained through performance tests of Yorkshire (YS; n = 21,762) and Landrace (LR; n = 13,166) pigs between 2005 and 2015. These pigs were born and raised in a closed nucleus (breeding) farm in South Korea. Animals were reared in pens where each pen housed 4 to 10 YS or 3 to 8 LR pigs of the same sex. Each group of animals comprised 1 to 7 YS or 1 to 6 LR full-sibs. The performance evaluations on the ADG of pigs started soon after each animal reached a live body weight of 30 kg, and were finished when a target weight of 90 kg was attained. On average, fewer than 160 days were required to attain this target weight. The animal phenotypes selected to be studied were based on the size of the group (frequency > 10%).Thr average ADG was recorded to be 787.9 [+ or -] 88.3 g/d in LR and 792.5 [+ or -] 92.1 g/d in YS.

Complete pedigrees of the studied animals were obtained from the Korean Animal Improvement Association database. The total numbers of animals in the pedigree of the two breeds were 14,013 (LR) and 22,536 (YS). The numbers of individuals for which both parents mere known were fd,5ie(LR)and 22,324 (YS). In the whole pedigree, about 96% (LR) and 62% (YS) of the animals were inbred. The average inbreeding coefficients were 0.035 and 0.015 in LR and YS, respectively. The ranges of inbreeding coefficients were 0.0001 to 0.263 (YS) and 0.001 to 0.274 (LR). The observed average family sizes were 3.97 and 4.11 in LR and YS, with ranges of 2 to 15 and 2 to 17, respectively. The population structures of these breeds were determined using the CFC v1.0 software package [7].

The experimental protocols describing the management and care of the animals were reviewed and approved according to the guide for the care and use of laboratory animals (National Institute of Animal Science, Animal Care Committee of Korea) on 7 March 2014 (approval number: NIAS 2014-289). The management practices on the studied population stated that each pen was 2.5x3.6 m (~0.9 [m.sup.2]/pig) in size with solid concrete flooring. Pigs were fed ad libitum and water was constantly accessible through nipple drinkers. The feeding program was applied in accordance with pig testing standards of the Korean Animal Improvement Association (

Genotyping of animals

The genomic DNA of pigs was extracted from their blood samples using a standard protocol. A total of 2,005 pigs from both LR (1,041) and YS (964) breeds were genotyped using the Illumina PorcineSNP60 v2 BeadChip panel, which comprised 61,565 SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) markers [8]. The quality control (QC) procedure for the genotype data included the deletion of individuals with pedigree errors, removal of monomorphic SNP genotypes, SNPs on sex chromosomes or SNPs with minimum allele frequencies (<0.9), genotype call rate of <0.90, animal missing rate of >0.90, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium of 0.15, and the SNPs with displaced segregation distortion [9,10]. After QC, the final dataset contained genotypes from a total of 1,915 pigs (LR, 1,029; YS, 886). The total number of autosomal SNPs was reduced to 37,779 in LR and 41,503 in YS, respectively. The correlations of off-diagonal elements of G and A22 matrices were 0.75 and 0.76 for LR and YS, respectively.

Statistical analysis

Estimation using pedigree information: The variances and covariances of the studied traits were estimated by an animal model applying the REML approach. The effects of batch, sex, and group size were fitted as fixed effects. In the model, age at target weight was fitted as a covariate effect. The effect of batch was formed by combining year, month, and week based on each performance test. The models also included two nongenetic random effects, namely, birth litter and group effects [1,11]. To take into account differences in group size and to prevent the overestimation of heritable variances for SGE, an additional covariate term known as dilution, [(Average group size - 1/Group size - 1).sup.0.5] [12], was added to the SGE [3,11,13]. Animals were fitted as a random effect in the model. The BLUPF90 software package Misztal et al [14] was used for the estimation of parameters by fitting a classical model with pedigree relationships only ([PED.sub.classic]) and a social model pedigree relationships only modified for competitive traits ([]) [11] as follows:

y = Xb + [Z.sub.DaD] + Wl + Vg + e ([PED.sub.classic])

y = Xb + [Z.sub.DaD] + [Z.sub.SaS] + Wl + Vg + e ([])

where y is the vector of observations (ADG), b is the vector of fixed effects, [a.sub.D] is the vector of random direct additive genetic effects, [a.sub.S] is the vector of random SGEs, l is the vector for random birth litter, g is the vector of random group, and e is the vector of residuals. X, ZD, ZS, W, and V are the corresponding incidence matrices. Assumptions for the probability distributions were g~N (0,I[[sigma].sup.2.sub.g]), l~N (0,I[[sigma].sup.2.sub.l]), c~N (0,I[[sigma].sup.2.sub.c]) and e~N (0,I[[sigma].sup.2.sub.e]) in which N) indicates a normal distribution; I is an identity matrix of appropriate dimensions; and [[sigma].sup.2.sub.g], [[sigma].sup.2.sub.l], [[sigma].sup.2.sub.c] and [[sigma].sup.2.sub.e] are the variances of the corresponding effects. In Model 1, direct additive genetic effects had the following distribution: [mathematical expression not reproducible] in which A is the numerator relationship matrix and [mathematical expression not reproducible] is the variance of direct additive genetic effects had the following multivariate normal (MVN) distribution [mathematical expression not reproducible], in which C is defined by the matrix [mathematical expression not reproducible] is the variance of indirect genetic effects [mathematical expression not reproducible] is the covariance between direct and indirect genetic effects, and C [cross product] A denotes the Knonecker product of two matrices.

According to Bijma et al [1], for traits affected by heritable social effects, the variance of TBV represents the total heritable variation that is exploitable for selection. The TBV of the ith animal is defined as follows:

[TBV.sub.i] = [a.sub.D,i] + (n - 1) [a.sub.S,i]

The TBV is the heritable effect of an individual on trait values in the population, which is the sum of its direct genetic effect ([a.sub.D,i]) on its own phenotype and its SGE ([a.sub.S,i]) on the phenotypes of its n - 1 group mates. Bijma et al [1] also stated that the total heritable variance determines the population's potential in response to selection and can be expressed as:

[mathematical expression not reproducible]

According to Bijma et al [2], the phenotypic variance for Such a model can be calculated as follows:

[mathematical expression not reproducible]

where n indicates the average size of social groups. The total heritable variance can be expressed relative to phenotypic variance [2] as follows:

[T.sup.2] = [[sigma].sup.2.sub.TBV]/[[sigma].sup.2.sub.p]

Estimation using single-step method: The relationship matrix H, in single-step evaluaton, defines the relationship among genotyped and nongenotyped animals. The inverse of the H matrix is rather simple instructure [15,16] and can be give nas:

[mathematical expression not reproducible]

where [A.sub.22] is the matrix for genotyped animals only (a sub-matrix derived from the pedigree-based relationship matrix, A and G istherelationshipmatrix among individuals based on genomic information. The G matrix was constructed according to Van Raden [4]. Both [A.sub.22] and G matrices were subsequently combined. Thus, overall, the two matrices represented similar diagonals. However, the mixed model equations for a single step mainly differed from the pedigree-based model by a matrix block, [tau] [(0.95 G + 0.05 [A.sub.22]).sup.-1] -[omega] [A.sup.-1.sub.22], given to the genotyped animals [17,18]. The constant [omega] represents the proportion of polygenic variances that were unexplained by markers. The parameters [tau] and [omega] scaled the size of the genomic and pedigree relationships, respectively. The weights for the [omega] parameter were between 0.1 and 1.0, whereas [tau] was fixed at 1. The models including genomic information are denoted as [[omega].sub.1.0], [[omega].sub.0.9], [[omega].sub.0.8], [[omega].sub.0.7], [[omega].sub.0.6], [[omega].sub.0.5], [[omega].sub.0.4], [[omega].sub.0.3], [[omega].sub.0.3], [[omega].sub.0.1], in accordance with their values of the constant [omega], whereas a model with pedigree information only is denoted as PED in later sections.

Validation process: Accuracy of breeding value was calculated in two different ways (theoretical accuracy [3] and cross validation [6]). The last 2 years were masked ad the validation data set and predictions were made using the first 9 years as the training data sst. The validation data set for LR and YS contained 10% and 8% of the observations, respectively. The theoretical accuracy of the estimated breeding value for the ith individual with the mth model was calculated as follows:

[R.sub.i,m] = [square root of (1 - [PEV.sub.i,m]/(1 + [F.sub.i]) [[sigma].sup.2.sub.m])]

where PEV is the prediction error variance of its breeding value, F is the inbreeding coefficient of an individual as computed from the pedigree, and [[sigma].sup.2] is the additive genetic variance of the model. We also calculated correlation between corrected phenotype and the combined breeding value (CBV) for the validation pigs. Accuracy was defined as

r = (cor[CBV, [y.sub.c])

where CBV is the sum of pig's own direct breeding value and SBVs of pen mates, yc is corrected ADG for fixed effects.


Model fitness

The variances, covariances, and various model parameters obtained from the studied models for LR and YSs are presented in Tables 1 and 2, respectively. The Akaike information criterion (AIC) parameter of the pedigree-classical model was higher than the pedigree-social model in both breeds. This result showed that model including SGE fitted the data significantly better than a classical animal model. In addition, AIC parameter of the pedigree-social model was the highest in both breeds compared with those of all ssGBLUP methods. The AIC as an indicator of the goodness fit of the models indicates rhat the ssGBLUP models performed better in general, which was as expected due to the addition of genomic information alongside the pedigree relationship. This is a feasible approach with a single-step method as it provides more accurate predictions for both genotyped and nongenotyped animals [6,11,18,19]. Therefore, a ssGBLUP analysis including SGE in the model would be a better choice for the prediction of traits in pigs. However, differences were observed among the various model fits with different scaling factors in the single-step methods. Among the ssGBLUP models, the model with w of 1.0 showed the worst fit, regardless of the breed. The best fitting models in this study were those with [[omega].sub.06] and [[omega].sub.05] in LR (Table 1) and YR (Table 2), respectively, as indicated by them having the lowest AIC estimates. The model AIC value increased with any level of w other than 0.6 and 0.5 in LR and YS, respectively, indicating the worse fit of those models. Our results obtained through testing different levels of w (0.1 to 1.0) indicate that a ssGBLUP method essentially relies on tuning the scales of matrices related to pedigree and genotype relationships, which will lead to less biased model estimates [6,15,17,20-22]. This study strongly coincides with many previous reports in that the choices of appropriate levels of constants ([tau] and [omega]) are rather arbitrary, and are to be determined through fine tuning. For instance, Misztal et al [17] reported the best combination of [tau] = 1.5 and [omega] = 0.6 in their study on dairy cattle. Another study in dairy cattle by Harris et al [23] also used both parameters at levels as low as 0.5. Likewise, Koivula et al [20] reported using various combinations of A and G matrices to find the best option in their study. In pig, Christensen et al [6] suggested a single-step method that is adjusted for the genomic relationship matrix. In another study by Misztal et al [24], a model with slower convergence at [omega] values greater than 1 was reported, as their H matrix was found to be nonpositive at higher values of this constant. In this context, it is crucial to find appropriate scaling parameters that will ensure better accuracy, lower bias, and easier convergence. It is also important to consider appropriate weights for relationship matrices through scaling factors as any smaller constant for [omega] is likely to decrease the emphasis on the genomic relationships and increase the importance of the pedigree relationships [2 0]. This might explain our estimates obtained with levels of [omega] lower than those in best fit models, where model estimates might have been associated with some biases due to the lower weight in genotyped animals through their genomic relationships.

Genetic parameters

The genetic variances and total heritability estimates ([T.sup.2]) were mostly higher with ssGBLUP than in the pedigree-based analysis (Tables 1, 2). Among the ssGBLUP models, the genetic variances and [T.sup.2] were increased by decreasing w in both breeds. Therefore, the [T.sup.2] of [[omega].sub.0.1] model was the highest in both breeds (LR, 0.64; YS, 0.88). The best single-step models ([DELTA]AIC = 0) showed larger estimates of direct and social variances than pedigree-based methods, and thus also larger covariance estimates, resulting in higher total heritability estimates with those models. The [T.sup.2] estimates with the best fitting models were 0.54 and 0.80 in LR and YS, respectively. They were also greater than those of the pedigree-based analysis method by 0.13 and 0.22 in these two breeds. respectively. However, our [T.sup.2] estimates for LR with the [[omega].sub.10] model coincided strongly with those of Bergsma et al [25] and Duijvesteijn [3]. Comparing the breeds, both direct and social genetic contributions were higher in YS than in LR, so their [T.sup.2] estimates also exhibited the same trend. Note that even when the social variance is markedly smaller than direct genetic variance, its contribution to [[sigma].sup.2.sub.TBV] would be substantial due to the factor [(n-1).sup.2], especially when group sizes are large, as was the case with YS. The lower [T.sup.2] estimates in LR could also be due to the larger nongenetic litter effects and negative covariances between direct and social effects. According to Bijma et al [1], the positive covariance between direct and social genetic variances is likely to increase the total heritable variation, which coincides well with the present study. The correlation coefficients between DBV and SBV were somewhat weaker in LR (-0.05 to 0.09) than in YS (0.28 to 31). Some earlier reports [2,3,26] also stated somewhat similar correlations, mostly positive but not significant. In this study, the positive correlation in YS could indicate that their pen mates might also have stimulated a greater ADG. Given that SBV is passed on to pen mates, the positive genetic correlation between the direct and associative effects indicates that pigs with a high DBV will also have a high SBV. In other words, the YR pigs in our study may show more positive responses to selection for social interactions than the LR pigs. Nonetheless, breed differences for social interactions are not unlikely. Bergsma et al [2] suggested that the absence of conflict between an individuals own growth and mate growth might be a consequence of neutral or slightly cooperative social interactions. For the negative or neutral associative effects in LR pigs in this study, it is possible that these pigs were in less competition for food and growth as the amount of space that each of them had on average (3 to 8 pigs/9 [m.sup.2] pen) was lower than that of YR (4 to 10 pigs/9 [m.sup.2] pen).


Table 3 illustrates the accuracy for breeding values obtained with different models. The levels of theoretical accuracy obtained for DBV with [PED.sub.classic] and [] models in each breed were same and also the lowest among the different models (LR, 0.52; YS, 0.55). The [[omega].sub.1.0] models also performed poorly in DBV prediction (LR, 0.55; YS, 0.58). Among the ssGBLUP models, the theoretical accuracy of DBV was increased by decreasing [logical not][omega] in both breeds (LR, 0.55 to 0.66; YS, 0.58 to 0.64). The best fit models based on AIC exhibited an increase of accuracy by 5% to 8% compared with the [[omega].sub.1.0] models in both breeds. The ranges of SBV accuracies with the [] in LR and in YS were 0.16 and 0.31, respectively. Similar to DBV, both [] and [[omega].sub.1.0] models performed poorly in SBV prediction. However, unlike the DBVs from the single-step methods, th best fitting models exhibited notable increases in SBV accuracies by 39% (LR) and 19% (YS) with [[omega].sub.6.0] and [[omega].sub.0.5], respectively, compared with each of the breed's worst fit ([[omega].sub.1.0]) model. In cross validation, the correlations between CBV and corrected phenotype were also mostly higher with ssGBLUP than in the pedigree-based analysis. However, there were little differences among the ssGBLUP models. The ranges of correlations between CBV and corrected phenotype in LR and YS were 0.31 to 0.33 and 0.21 to 0.22, respectively. The correlative prediction methods showed more variability in terms of ranking of models across traits and replicates so care should be taken interpreting these results with small sample sizes [27]. Putz et al [27] also suggested that for within-breed selection, theoretical accuracy using the prediction error variance was consistent and accurate in ssGBLUP. However, selection programmes should be careful which validation method they choose and should inspect multiple methods if possible [27]. Therefore, to minimize AIC and to increase theoretical accuracy in this study, the optimal values of [omega] in LR and YS were 0.6 and 0.5, respectively. Martini [28] reported that increasing t or decreasing [omega] may mainly decrease inflation by decreasing the variance of the estimated breeding values, which indicate the possibility of further adjustment of t in the H matrix.

Prospect of social genetic effects

The phenotypic variability of some traits that are expressed in the social environment could be significantly influenced by SGEs. Earlier reports on such traits, for instance, social dominance or aggressiveness, also suggested that SGEs can substantially influence total phenotypic variability [29-32].

The importance of SGEs can also be recognized from many previous reports [33-35], which showed that the higher SBV and some desirable characteristics in pigs i.e., fearlessness, stress-tolerance are associated to each other. These characteristics in commercial pig production are particularly beneficial for ease of farm management. For this reason, appropriate attention to such socially influenced traits alongside the pig population structure is vital when genomic selection is considered [36]. Certain strategies could also be applied during selection to achieve a high SBV for a desirable trait. One such approach is to select animals with higher TBVs to improve group performance, especially for growth traits [1-3]. Direct selection of pigs for SBV could be another strategy to alter their social behavior. Earlier evidence suggested that high SBV, due to apathy of the animal, could reduce negative social effects on the growth of others [37-39]. Moreover, the inclusion of SNP effects with SGEs in the model could provide better predictions [40]. For successful realization of TBV, it is also important to consider social environments, such as the mixing method of suckling piglets [41].


For SGEs, our study showed greater improvement in parameter estimates through ssGBLUP over the traditional pedigree-based method. Both breeds differed to some extent for their estimated parameters. The value of w used for adjusting [A.sub.22] matrix also differed between the best fitting models for the LR and YS breeds. But it was clear that the models with [omega] of 1.0 in the H matrix were the worst fitting. Our study also indicated the possibility of further adjustment of other model parameters ([alpha], [beta], [tau]) in the H matrix to reduce inflation of the estimated breeding values. Our results also indicated the value of further analysis with a greater sample size to obtain a more robust estimation of breeding values. We believe that our results provide useful insights for future modeling of SGE in the genomic selection of pig breeds, especially in South Korea.


We certify that there is no conflict of interest with any financial organization regarding the material discussed in the manuscript.

Submitted Mar 7, 2019; Revised Jun 10, 2019;

Accepted Aug 14, 2019


This work was supported by the National Institute of Animal Science, Rural Development Administration in Korea, and formed part of an internal project (PJ01263601, PJ01428902).


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Joon Ki Hong (1), Young Sin Kim (1), Kyu Ho Cho (1), Deuk Hwan Lee (2), Ye Jin Min (1) *, and Eun Seok Cho (1) *

* Corresponding Authors: Ye Jin Min

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(1) National Institute of Animal Science, Rural Development Administration, Cheonan 31000, Korea

(2) Department of Animal Life Resources, Hankyong University, Anseong 17579, Korea


Joon Ki Hong

Young Sin Kim

Kyu Ho Cho

Deuk Hwan Lee

Ye Jin Min

Eun Seok Cho
Table 1. Estimetes of variances, covariances, genetic parameters,
and accuracies for different models in Landrace pigs

Method              [Mathematical    [Mathematical    [Mathematical
                    expression not   expression not   expression not
                    reproducible.]   reproducible.]   reproducible.]

[PED.sub.classic]       2,078              --               --
[]        2,069              3                14
[[omega].sub.1.0]       2,136              -6               8
[[omega].sub.0.9]       2,092              -2               14
[[omega].sub.0.8]       2,089              2                17
[[omega].sub.0.7]       2,147              7                20
[[omega].sub.0.6]       2,078              11               23
[[omega].sub.0.5]       2,988              15               25
[[omega].sub.0.4]       3,081              19               27
[[omega].sub.0.3]       3,162              22               30
[[omega].sub.0.2]       3,223              26               31
[[omega].sub.0.1]       3,294              29               33

Method              [[sigma]   [[sigma]   [[sigma]    r
                    .sup.2.    .sup.2.    .sup.2.
                     sub.g]     sub.1]    sub.e]

[PED.sub.classic]     433        208       3,039     --
[]      383        208       3,032    0.02
[[omega].sub.1.0]     410        210       2,999    -0.05
[[omega].sub.0.9]     395        204       2,883    -0.01
[[omega].sub.0.8]     382        201       2,796    0.01
[[omega].sub.0.7]     372        200       2,728    0.03
[[omega].sub.0.6]     362        200       2,673    0.04
[[omega].sub.0.5]     353        200       2,628    0.05
[[omega].sub.0.4]     344        201       2,590    0.06
[[omega].sub.0.3]     336        202       2,558    0.07
[[omega].sub.0.2]     329        203       2,532    0.08
[[omega].sub.0.1]     204        204       2,509    0.09

Method              [[sigma]    [T.     [DELTA]
                    .sup.2.    sup.2]     AIC

[PED.sub.classic]    5,278      0.36     72.9
[]     5,825      0.41     71.5
[[omega].sub.1.0]    5,840      0.39     19.8
[[omega].sub.0.9]    5,997      0.44      6.9
[[omega].sub.0.8]    6,122      0.48      1.8
[[omega].sub.0.7]    6,226      0.52      0.1
[[omega].sub.0.6]    6,316      0.54      0.0
[[omega].sub.0.5]    6,395      0.57      1.0
[[omega].sub.0.4]    6,463      0.59      2.8
[[omega].sub.0.3]    6,524      0.61      4.9
[[omega].sub.0.2]    6,580      0.62      7.5
[[omega].sub.0.1]    6,630      0.64     10.3

[mathematical expression not reproducible], direct genetic
variance; [mathematical expression not reproducible], covariance
between direct and social genetic effects; [Mathematical expression
not reproducible.], social genetic variance; [[sigma].sup.2.sub.g],
random group variance; [[sigma].sup.2.sub.l], random litter
variance; [[sigma].sup.2.sub.e], random residual variance;
correlation between direct and social genetic effects; [[sigma].sup.
2.sub.p], phenotyppic variance; [T.sup.2], total heritability for
model including social genetic effects; [DELTA]AIC, change in
Akaike's information criteria from the best (minimum) model; [PED.
sub.classic], the classic model with pedigree relationships only;
[], the social model with pedigree relationships only;
[[omega].sub.xx]; the model with weighted [A.sup.-1.sub.22] matrix
by different [omega] constants.

Table 2. Estimetes of variances, covariances, genetic parameters,
and accuracies for different models in Yorkshire pigs

Method              [mathematical    [mathematical    [mathematical
                    expression not   expression not   expression not
                    reproduciblem]   reproduciblem]   reproducible]

[PED.sub.classic]       2,255              --               --
[]        2,320              72               23
[[omega].sub.1.0]       2,323              69               23
[[omega].sub.0.9]       2,565              79               29
[[omega].sub.0.8]       2,763              86               33
[[omega].sub.0.7]       2,930              93               37
[[omega].sub.0.6]       3,074              99               40
[[omega].sub.0.5]       3,201             104               43
[[omega].sub.0.4]       3,313             109               45
[[omega].sub.0.3]       3,414             113               47
[[omega].sub.0.2]       3,504             117               49
[[omega].sub.0.1]       3,585             121               51

Method              [[sigma]   [[sigma]   [[sigma]    r
                    .sup.2.    .sup.2.    .sup.2.
                    sub.g]     sub.1]     sub.e]

[PED.sub.classic]     675        260       3,712      --
[]      479        256       3,739     0.31
[[omega].sub.1.0]     483        268       3,732     0.30
[[omega].sub.0.9]     453        262       3,621     0.29
[[omega].sub.0.8]     430        258       3,530     0.28
[[omega].sub.0.7]     412        256       3,454     0.28
[[omega].sub.0.6]     396        255       3,389     0.28
[[omega].sub.0.5]     383        254       3,332     0.28
[[omega].sub.0.4]     372        253       3,282     0.28
[[omega].sub.0.3]     361        253       3,238     0.28
[[omega].sub.0.2]     352        254       3,198     0.28
[[omega].sub.0.1]     343        254       3,163     0.28

Method              [[sigma]    [T.     [DELTA]
                    .sup.2.    sup.2]     AIC

[PED.sub.classic]    6,901      0.33     102.1
[]     7,084      0.58     81.0
[[omega].sub.1.0]    7,092      0.57     24.7
[[omega].sub.0.9]    7,260      0.64     12.2
[[omega].sub.0.8]    7,395      0.69      5.8
[[omega].sub.0.7]    7,511      0.73      2.4
[[omega].sub.0.6]    7,611      0.77      0.6
[[omega].sub.0.5]    7,700      0.80      0.0
[[omega].sub.0.4]    7,778      0.82      0.2
[[omega].sub.0.3]    7,851      0.84      0.9
[[omega].sub.0.2]    7,915      0.86      2.0
[[omega].sub.0.1]    7,975      0.88      3.5

[mathematical expression not reproducible], direct genetic
variance; [mathematical expression not reproducible], covariance
between direct and social genetic effects; [Mathematical expression
not reproducible.], social genetic variance; [[sigma].sup.2.sub.g],
random group variance; [[sigma].sup.2.sub.l], random litter
variance; [[sigma].sup.2.sub.e], random residual variance;
correlation between direct and social genetic effects; [[sigma].sup.
2.sub.p], phenotyppic variance; [T.sup.2], total heritability for
model including social genetic effects; [DELTA]AIC, change in
Akaike's information criteria from the best (minimum) model; [PED.
sub.classic], the classic model with pedigree relationships only;
[], the social model with pedigree relationships only;
[[omega].sub.xx]; the model with weighted [A.sup.-1.sub.22] matrix
by different [omega] constants.

Table 3. The accuracy of estimated breeding values for different
models in pigs

Method                           Landrace

                    [DBV.sub.acc]  [SBV.sub.acc]   Cor

[PED.sub.classic]   0.52 (0.06)         --         0.27
[]    0.52 (0.06)     0.16(0.05)     0.28
[[omega].sub.1.0]   0.55 (0.09)     0.11(0.09)     0.33
[[omega].sub.0.9]   0.58 (0.07)     0.33(0.09)     0.33
[[omega].sub.0.8]   0.60 (0.07)     0.42(0.07)     0.33
[[omega].sub.0.7]   0.61 (0.07)     0.47(0.07)     0.32
[[omega].sub.0.6]   0.62 (0.07)     0.50(0.07)     0.32
[[omega].sub.0.5]   0.63 (0.07)     0.52(0.07)     0.32
[[omega].sub.0.4]   0.64 (0.07)     0.54(0.07)     0.32
[[omega].sub.0.3]   0.65 (0.07)     0.56(0.07)     0.32
[[omega].sub.0.2]   0.65 (0.07)     0.57(0.08)     0.31
[[omega].sub.0.1]   0.66 (0.07)     0.58(0.08)     0.31

Method                             Yorkshire

                    [DBV.sub.acc]   [SBV.sub.acc]   Cor

[PED.sub.classic]    0.55 (0.04)         --         0.20
[]     0.55 (0.04)     0.31 (0.03)    0.21
[[omega].sub.1.0]    0.58 (0.05)     0.33 (0.04)    0.21
[[omega].sub.0.9]    0.59 (0.05)     0.42 (0.04)    0.21
[[omega].sub.0.8]    0.60 (0.05)     0.46 (0.05)    0.22
[[omega].sub.0.7]    0.61 (0.05)     0.49 (0.05)    0.22
[[omega].sub.0.6]    0.62 (0.06)     0.51 (0.06)    0.22
[[omega].sub.0.5]    0.63 (0.06)     0.53 (0.06)    0.22
[[omega].sub.0.4]    0.63 (0.06)     0.54 (0.06)    0.22
[[omega].sub.0.3]    0.64 (0.06)     0.55 (0.06)    0.22
[[omega].sub.0.2]    0.64 (0.06)     0.56 (0.06)    0.22
[[omega].sub.0.1]    0.64 (0.06)     0.57 (0.07)    0.22

[DBV.sub.acc], the theoretical accuracy of direct breeding value;
[SBV.sub.acc], the theoretical accuracy of social breeding value;
Cor, the correlation between corrected phenotype and the combined
breeding value (CBV); [PED.sub.classic], the classic model with
pedigree relationships only; []; the social model
with pedigree relationships only; [[omega].sub.xx]; the model with
weighted [A.sup.-1.sub.22] matrix by different [omega] constants.
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Author:Hong, Joon Ki; Kim, Young Sin; Cho, Kyu Ho; Lee, Deuk Hwan; Min, Ye Jin; Cho, Eun Seok
Publication:Asian - Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
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Date:Dec 1, 2019
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