The goal of **ribd** is to compute various coefficients of relatedness and identity-by-descent (IBD) between pedigree members. It is part of the **pedsuite** collection of R packages for pedigree analysis; see https://magnusdv.github.io/pedsuite/ for details.

The main functions in **ribd** are the following, all of which support both autosomal and X-chromosomal modes, and pedigrees with inbred founders:

`kinship()`

: The kinship coefficient \(\varphi\) between two pedigree members (or full matrix)`inbreeding()`

: The inbreeding coefficient \(f\) of all (or a subset of) pedigree members`kappaIBD()`

: IBD coefficients \(\kappa_0, \kappa_1, \kappa_2\) between noninbred individuals`identityCoefs()`

: Jacquard’s condensed identity coefficients \(\Delta_1, \dotsc, \Delta_9\)

The package also computes a variety of lesser-known pedigree coefficients:

`gKinship()`

: Generalised kinship coefficients of various kinds, including those defined by Karigl (1981), Weeks & Lange (1988), Lange & Sinsheimer (1992) and García-Cortés (2015).`multiPersonIBD()`

: Multi-person IBD coefficients (noninbred individuals only)`twoLocusKinship()`

: Two-locus kinship coefficients, as defined by Thompson (1988)`twoLocusIBD()`

: Two-locus IBD coefficients (noninbred pair of individuals)`twoLocusIdentity()`

: Two-locus condensed identity coefficients (any pair of individuals)`twoLocusGeneralisedKinship()`

: Generalised two-locus kinship coefficients (*not exported*)

If you use **ribd** in a publication, please cite the most appropriate of the following works.

*Standard coefficients*

Magnus D. Vigeland. Relatedness coefficients in pedigrees with inbred founders. *Journal of Mathematical Biology*, **2020**. doi:10.1007/s00285-020-01505-x.

*Two-locus coefficients*

Magnus D. Vigeland. Two-locus identity coefficients in pedigrees. *G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics*, **2023**. doi:10.1093/g3journal/jkac326.

*General reference*

Magnus D. Vigeland. Pedigree analysis in R. Academic Press, **2021**. ISBN:9780128245606.

The easiest way to get started with **ribd** is to install the **pedsuite**:

If you only want **ribd**, install from CRAN as follows:

Alternatively, the latest development version is available from GitHub:

```
# install.packages("devtools") # install devtools if needed
devtools::install_github("magnusdv/ribd")
```

In the following we illustrate the use of **ribd** by computing a few well-known examples. We start by loading the package.

For a child of related parents, its inbreeding coefficient is defined as the probability of autozygosity (i.e., homologous alleles being IBD) in a random autosomal locus.

For example, the child of first cousins shown above has inbreeding coefficient 1/16. We can compute this with **ribd** as follows:

```
# Create pedigree
x = cousinPed(1, child = TRUE)
plot(x, hatched = 9)
# Inbreeding coefficient of the child
inbreeding(x, ids = 9)
#> [1] 0.0625
```

By definition, the inbreeding coefficient equals the *kinship coefficient* of the parents, individuals 7 and 8:

As expected, the result was again 1/16.

For a pair of noninbred individuals, the three kappa coefficients are defined as the probability that they have exactly 0, 1 or 2 alleles IBD, respectively, at a random autosomal locus. For example, for a pair of full siblings, this works out to be 1/4, 1/2 and 1/4, respectively.

Since the three kappa’s always sum to 1, any two of them are sufficient, forming the coordinates of a point in the plane. This gives rise to the *IBD triangle*, which is a useful tools for visualising (noninbred) relationships. The implementation in **ribd** uses `kappa0`

on the first axis and `kappa2`

on the second. In the example below, we place all pairs of pedigree members in the triangle.

We validate this with the `kappaIBD()`

function of **ribd**:

```
# Create and plot pedigree
y = nuclearPed(2)
plot(y, margin = 4)
# Compute kappa for all pairs
k = kappaIBD(y)
# IBD triangle
showInTriangle(k, labels = T, pos = c(3,2,3,4,4,3))
```

(If you have `ggplot2`

and `ggrepel`

installed, try `showInTriangle(k, plotType = "gg")`

for automatic separation of the labels. There is also an interactive version, available with `showInTriangle(k, plotType = "plotly")`

.)

As shown by Thompson (1976), all relationships of noninbred individuals satisfy a certain quadratic inequality in the kappa’s, resulting in an unattainable region of the triangle (shown in grey above).

Here is a relationship in the *interior* of the attainable region of the IBD triangle:

```
z = halfSibStack(2)
plot(z, hatched = 7:8, margin = c(3,2,2,2))
kap = kappaIBD(z, ids = 7:8)
showInTriangle(kap)
```

The following figure shows the 9 *condensed identity states* of two individuals *a* and *b*. Each state shows a pattern of identity by descent (IBD) between the four homologous alleles. The four alleles are represented as dots, with a connecting line segment indicating IBD. The states are shown in the ordering used by Jacquard and most subsequent authors.

The following relationship is perhaps the simplest example where all 9 coefficients are nonzero.

The function `identityCoefs()`

by default returns the nine coefficients in the order given above.

```
identityCoefs(x, ids = 5:6)
#> [1] 0.06250 0.03125 0.12500 0.03125 0.12500 0.03125 0.21875 0.31250 0.06250
```

The X-chromosomal version of Jacquard’s identity coefficients can be computed by adding `Xchrom = TRUE`

in the call to `identityCoefs()`

. Here is the output for all pairs in the above pedigree:

```
identityCoefs(x, Xchrom = TRUE)
#> id1 id2 D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9
#> 1 1 2 0.000 0.000 0.00 1.00 NA NA NA NA NA
#> 2 1 3 0.000 1.000 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
#> 3 1 4 0.000 0.000 1.00 0.00 NA NA NA NA NA
#> 4 1 5 0.500 0.500 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
#> 5 1 6 0.000 0.250 0.50 0.25 NA NA NA NA NA
#> 6 2 3 0.000 0.000 NA NA 1.00 0.0 NA NA NA
#> 7 2 4 0.000 0.000 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.00 1.0 0
#> 8 2 5 0.000 0.000 NA NA 0.50 0.5 NA NA NA
#> 9 2 6 0.000 0.000 0.00 0.00 0.25 0.0 0.25 0.5 0
#> 10 3 4 0.000 0.000 0.50 0.50 NA NA NA NA NA
#> 11 3 5 0.250 0.750 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
#> 12 3 6 0.250 0.000 0.75 0.00 NA NA NA NA NA
#> 13 4 5 0.000 0.000 NA NA 1.00 0.0 NA NA NA
#> 14 4 6 0.000 0.000 0.00 0.00 0.25 0.0 0.25 0.5 0
#> 15 5 6 0.125 0.125 0.50 0.25 NA NA NA NA NA
```

A precise definition of these X-chromosomal coefficients requires some explanation, which we give here.

As in the autosomal case, the identity coefficients on X are the expected proportions of the possible IBD states involving the alleles at a random locus (on X). The challenge is that the set of states depends on the individual’s sex: F/F, F/M, M/F or M/M (were F = female and M = male). The easiest case is F/F: When both are female, the states are just as in the autosomal case.

Males, being hemizygous, have only 1 allele of a locus on X. Hence when males are involved the total number of alleles is less than 4, rendering the autosomal states pictured above meaningless. However, to avoid drawing (and learning the ordering of) new states for each sex combination, we can re-use the autosomal state pictograms by invoking the following simple rule: **Replace the single allele of any male, with a pair of autozygous alleles**. This gives a one-to-one map from the X states to the autosomal states.

For simplicity the output always contains 9 coefficients, but with NA’s in the positions of undefined states (depending on the sex combination). Hopefully this should all be clear from the following table:

A unique feature of **ribd** (in fact, throughout the **pedsuite** packages) is the support for inbred founders. This greatly expands the set of pedigrees we can analyse with a computer.

Here is a fun example using inbred founders: *A relationship exactly midway (at least arithmetically speaking) between parent-child and full siblings.* To achieve this, we modify the pedigree `z`

from above (half-sibs/half-cousins), giving two of the founders carefully chosen inbreeding coefficients.

Note that founder inbreeding is by default included in the pedigree plot:

If you wonder how the weird-looking inbreeding coefficients above were chosen, you can check out my paper Relatedness coefficients in pedigrees with inbred founders (J Math Biol, 2020). In it I show that *any* point in the white region (including its boundary) of the IBD triangle can be constructed as a double half cousin relationship with suitable founder inbreeding.

The construction described in the paper is implemented in the function `constructPedigree()`

in **ribd**. For example, the following command produces basically the pedigree in the previous figure: