It takes more than one person to produce a piece of software that is useful to a wide number
of people. I believe this to be particularly true of scientific software. Writing the first version
of SIMMAP has been a challenge and a learning experience; problems, bugs and all! The joy in writing software lays not simply in accomplishing the task
but in the satisfaction that you have provided something valuable to a set of users. As a
scientist this comes in the form of citations and feedback from users. The first is gratifying
but the second is the true reward; feedback helps fix problems, motivates new developments,
and has inspired me to explore the scientific possibilities of SIMMAP and the method of mutational mapping - ancestral history reconstruction (AHR) as I like to call it. The development of SIMMAP has benefited immensely from user feedback and has led to the new version, SIMMAP 2.
I would like to thank the following individuals for their feedback (apologies to any that have been omitted):
Thomas L.P. Couvreur
Ben J. Evans
Richard E. Glor
Diego Bustamante Mauro
Brian R. Moore
Johan A. A. Nylander
Michael S. Robeson II
A couple of people deserve special notice for their feedback and correspondence:
Thomas L.P. Couvreur - I would like to thank Thomas Couvreur for focusing my atten-
tion on the use of prior distributions when analyzing morphological data.
Ross Crozier - I am deeply indebted to Ross Crozier. His correspondence has been educational, enlightening, and challenging.
I would also like to thank the many other individuals that provided feedback through the bug
reporting system in SIMMAP.
Finally, I would like to thank John P. Huelsenbeck whose suggestion it was that I write a program for displaying mutational maps. He provided support, advice and inspiration throughout the development of SIMMAP.