# Simulating data with SLiM and msprime backends

Source:`vignettes/vignette-07-backends.Rmd`

`vignette-07-backends.Rmd`

Even though the most distinguishing feature of the *slendr* R
package is programming spatial population genetic models across real and
abstract geographic landscapes, having the ability to run “standard”,
non-spatial models directly from an R environment could be often quite
useful. This is why *slendr* supports also non-spatial SLiM
models, which can be executed by *slendr* simply by excluding the
map component from a SLiM simulation (briefly discussed in this vignette).

In some cases, the forward nature of a SLiM simulation (meaning that many individuals need to be tracked in each generation) makes the simulations too slow. For instance, running an Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) analysis often requires running thousands or even millions of simulations. In cases like this, the faster the simulations the better.

For these situations, the *slendr* R package provides an
alternative back end for simulating non-spatial population models using
the Python coalescent simulation framework *msprime*.
Unlike forward time simulators, coalescent simulations only reconstruct
the genealogical history of a sample of individuals of interest
backwards in time, which makes it much more computational efficient.

The goal of this vignette is to demonstrate that a single
*slendr* model configuration can be run using the built-in SLiM
and msprime backend engines *without any changes*!

To start off, let’s load the *slendr* package together with
some standard R data analysis packages, and instruct *reticulate*
where to look for a Python environment with all necessary Python
dependencies (see this
section of another vignette for instructions how to setup the Python
environment the easiest way possible):

```
library(slendr)
library(dplyr)
library(ggplot2)
library(purrr)
library(tidyr)
init_env()
seed <- 42
set.seed(seed)
```

## Detecting gene flow from msprime and SLiM tree sequences

### Defining a model

We now define up a simple *non-spatial* model of gene flow
between populations (also known as population admixture or
introgression). This will involve essentially the same procedure which
we have shown in another vignette introducing non-spatial *slendr*
models. Note that this is no different from how we would normally
specify a spatial model, except that we left out the `map`

argument in making the `population()`

calls.

To demonstrate additional features of the *slendr* interface
to the *tskit*
Python library, we will perform gene flow detection test using the
so-called \(f_4\) and \(f_4\)-ratio statistics (very briefly
introduces in this
vignette). To make things a little more interesting, we will define
two population models: one model without any gene flow, and another
which includes gene flow. In defining this model and expressing the
\(f\)-statistics we will use the same
nomenclature used in the first study by Patterson
*et al.* that described \(f_4-ratio\) statistic in the first place.
if you’re not familiar with these statistical tests of gene flow, we
recommend that you take a look at the relevant sections of the linked
paper. shiny_graph

Let’s start by first defining the populations and their splits as established in the figure above:

```
seq_len <- 100e6 # amount of sequence to simulate
rec_rate <- 1e-8 # uniform recombination rate
mut_rate <- 1e-8 # mutation rate
o <- population("outgroup", time = 1, N = 100)
c <- population("c", time = 2500, N = 100, parent = o)
a <- population("a", time = 3000, N = 100, parent = c)
b <- population("b", time = 3500, N = 100, parent = a)
x1 <- population("x1", time = 3800, N = 5000, parent = c)
x2 <- population("x2", time = 4000, N = 5000, parent = x1)
```

Note that the Ne of the populations `x1`

and
`x2`

is set to be much higher than the rest. We set the \(N_e\) of the other populations to lower
values to speed up the forward SLiM simulations (they won’t affect the
results we’re interested in anyway). Higher values of the \(N_e\) of `x1`

and
`x2`

populations will ensure that the effect of the drift
acting on those two populations will be much smaller. Because we will
simulate and later measure the proportion of ancestry from the
population `b`

to `x1`

, this will ensure that the
ancestry proportion will not drift too far away from the expectation and
it will make the interesting patterns stand out more clearly.

(Of course, this is all done for demonstration purposes only and to
speed up the SLiM simulations by making the \(N_e\) of the other populations smaller. In
practice, we would be running these kinds of simulations only using the
*msprime* back end.)

## Compiling the model and simulating data

We will now use those populations to compile two models: the first
model will be without any gene flow (left panel in the figure above),
the second model will include 10% gene flow from `b`

to
`x1`

(right panel in the figure above). We will also schedule
sampling of a couple of individuals at the very end of the simulation:
50 individuals each from populations `x1`

and `x2`

to capture a bit more of the natural variation of `b`

ancestry in `x1`

, and only one individual from the rest.

```
# no gene flow model
model_nogf <- compile_model(populations = list(a, b, x1, x2, c, o), generation_time = 1, simulation_length = 4500)
samples <- schedule_sampling(
model_nogf, times = 4500,
list(a, 1), list(b, 1), list(x1, 50), list(x2, 50), list(c, 1), list(o, 1)
)
# model with gene flow
gf <- gene_flow(from = b, to = x1, start = 4100, end = 4400, rate = 0.1)
model_gf <- compile_model(populations = list(a, b, x1, x2, c, o), gene_flow = gf, generation_time = 1, simulation_length = 4500)
samples <- schedule_sampling(
model_gf, times = 4500,
list(a, 1), list(b, 1), list(x1, 50), list(x2, 50), list(c, 1), list(o, 1)
)
```

Before running the simulations, let’s first make sure both models are set up correctly:

`plot_model(model_nogf, sizes = FALSE)`

`plot_model(model_gf, sizes = FALSE, proportions = TRUE)`

Now we will run both models (with and without gene flow) in the two
*slendr* backends, SLiM and msprime:

```
# model without gene flow
slim_nogf <- slim(model_nogf, sequence_length = seq_len, recombination_rate = rec_rate, samples = samples, random_seed = seed)
msprime_nogf <- msprime(model_nogf, sequence_length = seq_len, recombination_rate = rec_rate, samples = samples, random_seed = seed)
# model with b -> x1 gene flow
slim_gf <- slim(model_gf, sequence_length = seq_len, recombination_rate = rec_rate, samples = samples, random_seed = seed)
msprime_gf <- msprime(model_gf, sequence_length = seq_len, recombination_rate = rec_rate, samples = samples, random_seed = seed)
```

Note that we are using exactly the same model configuration object in
both simulation runs! In fact, even the function interface looks nearly
exactly the same. It doesn’t matter what the specific details of your
demographic models are, *slendr* will interpret them correctly
regardless of which back end simulation engine you choose to use.

### Comparing the outputs of msprime and SLiM runs of a *slendr*
model

Having run our introgression models with the two simulation back ends, let’s load both SLiM and msprime tree sequence outputs and compare their contents (hoping they will be the same!).

```
# SLiM outputs -- we can use built-in slendr functions for those
slim_nogf <-
slim_nogf %>%
ts_recapitate(Ne = 10, recombination_rate = rec_rate, random_seed = seed) %>%
ts_mutate(mut_rate, random_seed = seed)
slim_gf <-
slim_gf %>%
ts_recapitate(Ne = 10, recombination_rate = rec_rate, random_seed = seed) %>%
ts_mutate(mut_rate, random_seed = seed)
# msprime outputs (note that recapitation and simplification doesn't make
# sense here because we already have fully coalesced genealogies for our
# individuals of interest
msprime_nogf <- ts_mutate(msprime_nogf, mut_rate, random_seed = seed)
msprime_gf <- ts_mutate(msprime_gf, mut_rate, random_seed = seed)
```

As we can see below, the tree sequence summary of the data loaded and
processed by *slendr*’s `ts_load()`

function (data
produced by the SLiM backend) is very similar to what we got “manually”
for the msprime-produced tree sequence using the custom defined
functions. This is somehow obvious but it is a nice and cheap sanity
check indicating that the tree sequence data structure produced by the
two backends from the same demographic model is almost the same.

`slim_nogf`

```
#> ╔═════════════════════════╗
#> ║TreeSequence ║
#> ╠═══════════════╤═════════╣
#> ║Trees │ 248158║
#> ╟───────────────┼─────────╢
#> ║Sequence Length│100000000║
#> ╟───────────────┼─────────╢
#> ║Time Units │ ticks║
#> ╟───────────────┼─────────╢
#> ║Sample Nodes │ 21008║
#> ╟───────────────┼─────────╢
#> ║Total Size │ 70.6 MiB║
#> ╚═══════════════╧═════════╝
#> ╔═══════════╤══════╤════════╤════════════╗
#> ║Table │Rows │Size │Has Metadata║
#> ╠═══════════╪══════╪════════╪════════════╣
#> ║Edges │972815│29.7 MiB│ No║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Individuals│131789│12.6 MiB│ Yes║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Migrations │ 0│ 8 Bytes│ No║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Mutations │257348│ 9.1 MiB│ No║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Nodes │157230│ 5.7 MiB│ Yes║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Populations│ 7│ 2.8 KiB│ Yes║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Provenances│ 3│45.4 KiB│ No║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Sites │257040│ 6.1 MiB│ No║
#> ╚═══════════╧══════╧════════╧════════════╝
```

`msprime_nogf`

```
#> ╔═══════════════════════════╗
#> ║TreeSequence ║
#> ╠═══════════════╤═══════════╣
#> ║Trees │ 62745║
#> ╟───────────────┼───────────╢
#> ║Sequence Length│ 100000000║
#> ╟───────────────┼───────────╢
#> ║Time Units │generations║
#> ╟───────────────┼───────────╢
#> ║Sample Nodes │ 208║
#> ╟───────────────┼───────────╢
#> ║Total Size │ 14.4 MiB║
#> ╚═══════════════╧═══════════╝
#> ╔═══════════╤══════╤═════════╤════════════╗
#> ║Table │Rows │Size │Has Metadata║
#> ╠═══════════╪══════╪═════════╪════════════╣
#> ║Edges │247454│ 7.6 MiB│ No║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼─────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Individuals│ 104│ 2.9 KiB│ No║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼─────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Migrations │ 0│ 8 Bytes│ No║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼─────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Mutations │ 69172│ 2.4 MiB│ No║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼─────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Nodes │ 32685│893.7 KiB│ No║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼─────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Populations│ 6│414 Bytes│ Yes║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼─────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Provenances│ 2│ 3.9 KiB│ No║
#> ╟───────────┼──────┼─────────┼────────────╢
#> ║Sites │ 69144│ 1.6 MiB│ No║
#> ╚═══════════╧══════╧═════════╧════════════╝
```

### Comparing results of population genetics statistics

Having loaded both msprime and SLiM tree sequences generated by the same model, let’s see if we can get comparable results when we calculate some statistics of interest.

Let’s first extract all individuals from populations `x1`

and `x2`

and estimate the values of \(f_4(c, x1 \textrm{ or } x2; b, o)\) (which
should be significantly negative for individuals in the population
`x1`

due to it’s ancestry coming from `b`

in the
introgression models but consistent with zero for `x2`

) and
\(f_4\textrm{-ratio}(a, b, \textrm{ or } x2;
c, o)\), which estimates the *proportion* of
`b`

-like ancestry in `x1`

and `x2`

:

```
# extract vector of names of the "test individuals" in populations `x1` and `x2`
X <- ts_samples(slim_gf) %>% filter(pop %in% c("x1", "x2")) %>% pull(name)
X
```

```
#> [1] "x1_1" "x1_2" "x1_3" "x1_4" "x1_5" "x1_6" "x1_7" "x1_8" "x1_9"
#> [10] "x1_10" "x1_11" "x1_12" "x1_13" "x1_14" "x1_15" "x1_16" "x1_17" "x1_18"
#> [19] "x1_19" "x1_20" "x1_21" "x1_22" "x1_23" "x1_24" "x1_25" "x1_26" "x1_27"
#> [28] "x1_28" "x1_29" "x1_30" "x1_31" "x1_32" "x1_33" "x1_34" "x1_35" "x1_36"
#> [37] "x1_37" "x1_38" "x1_39" "x1_40" "x1_41" "x1_42" "x1_43" "x1_44" "x1_45"
#> [46] "x1_46" "x1_47" "x1_48" "x1_49" "x1_50" "x2_1" "x2_2" "x2_3" "x2_4"
#> [55] "x2_5" "x2_6" "x2_7" "x2_8" "x2_9" "x2_10" "x2_11" "x2_12" "x2_13"
#> [64] "x2_14" "x2_15" "x2_16" "x2_17" "x2_18" "x2_19" "x2_20" "x2_21" "x2_22"
#> [73] "x2_23" "x2_24" "x2_25" "x2_26" "x2_27" "x2_28" "x2_29" "x2_30" "x2_31"
#> [82] "x2_32" "x2_33" "x2_34" "x2_35" "x2_36" "x2_37" "x2_38" "x2_39" "x2_40"
#> [91] "x2_41" "x2_42" "x2_43" "x2_44" "x2_45" "x2_46" "x2_47" "x2_48" "x2_49"
#> [100] "x2_50"
```

```
# calculate f4-statistics on individuals of `x1` and `x2` populations using data
# from the two models (a model with no gene flow and a gene flow model) -- we use
# map_dfr to iterate across all individuals from `X_individuals` and binding all
# resulting data frames into a single data frame
df_slim_f4 <- rbind(
map_dfr(X, ~ ts_f4(slim_nogf, "c_1", .x, "b_1", "outgroup_1")) %>% mutate(model = "no gene flow"),
map_dfr(X, ~ ts_f4(slim_gf, "c_1", .x, "b_1", "outgroup_1")) %>% mutate(model = "gene flow")
) %>%
select(X, f4, model) %>%
mutate(simulator = "SLiM backend")
# compute the proportions of `b` ancestry in `x1` (expected 10%) and `x2`
# (expected 0% because this population did not receive any gene flow from `b`)
df_slim_f4ratio <- rbind(
ts_f4ratio(slim_nogf, X, "a_1", "b_1", "c_1", "outgroup_1") %>% mutate(model = "no gene flow"),
ts_f4ratio(slim_gf, X, "a_1", "b_1", "c_1", "outgroup_1") %>% mutate(model = "gene flow")
) %>%
select(X, alpha, model) %>%
mutate(simulator = "SLiM backend")
```

Now, let’s repeat the same analysis on tree sequences produced by the
*msprime* backend from the same two *slendr* demographic
models:

```
df_msprime_f4 <- rbind(
map_dfr(X, ~ ts_f4(msprime_nogf, "c_1", .x, "b_1", "outgroup_1")) %>% mutate(model = "no gene flow"),
map_dfr(X, ~ ts_f4(msprime_gf, "c_1", .x, "b_1", "outgroup_1")) %>% mutate(model = "gene flow")
) %>%
select(X, f4, model) %>%
mutate(simulator = "msprime backend")
# compute the proportions of `b` ancestry in `x1` (expected 10%) and `x2`
# (expected 0% because this population did not receive any gene flow from `b`)
df_msprime_f4ratio <- rbind(
ts_f4ratio(msprime_nogf, X, "a_1", "b_1", "c_1", "outgroup_1") %>% mutate(model = "no gene flow"),
ts_f4ratio(msprime_gf, X, "a_1", "b_1", "c_1", "outgroup_1") %>% mutate(model = "gene flow")
) %>%
select(X, alpha, model) %>%
mutate(simulator = "msprime backend")
```

Finally we can proceed with plotting both SLiM and msprime backend results of the two models and compare them together. As noted above, despite the fact that SLiM is a forward simulator and msprime is a coalescent simulator, population genetic expectations from both the gene flow and no gene flow models should match very closely (barring a level of uncertainty expected due to randomness of the population genetic processes at play).

```
df_f4 <- rbind(df_slim_f4, df_msprime_f4) %>%
mutate(population = ifelse(grepl("x1_", X),
"x1 (received gene flow)",
"x2 (no gene flow)"))
ggplot(df_f4, aes(f4, fill = population)) +
geom_histogram(bins = 50) +
facet_grid(simulator ~ model) +
geom_vline(xintercept = 0, linetype = 2) +
labs(y = "number of individuals", x = "f4 statistic",
title = "f4(c, x1 or x2; b, outgroup)",
subtitle = "f4 ~0 is consistent with no gene flow, negative value indicates gene flow with 'b'") +
theme(legend.position = "bottom")
```

```
df_f4ratio <- rbind(df_slim_f4ratio, df_msprime_f4ratio) %>%
mutate(population = ifelse(grepl("x1_", X),
"x1 (received gene flow)",
"x2 (no gene flow)"))
ggplot(df_f4ratio, aes(alpha, fill = population)) +
geom_histogram(bins = 30) +
facet_grid(simulator ~ model) +
geom_vline(xintercept = 0.1, linetype = 2) +
labs(y = "number of individuals", x = "ancestry proportion (f4-ratio statistic)",
title = "f4-ratio estimate of 'b' ancestry calculated from simulated data",
subtitle = "f4-ratio = f4(a, outgroup; x1 or x2, c) / f4(a, outgroup; b, c)") +
theme(legend.position = "bottom")
```

Things seem to be looking good and behave as expected! A couple of observations:

- In the model without gene flow, the \(f_4\) statistic value is zero for both
`x1`

and`x2`

populations. This is expected, because \(f_4\) ~0 is consistent with the relationship between lineages conforming to a standard phylogenetic tree (no admixture edges). Essentially, \(f_4\) is a hypothesis test of “tree-ness” of the data. - In the model which includes gene flow from
`b`

to`x1`

, the \(f_4\) value is significantly negative. This means that a simple tree hypothesis can be rejected and that gene flow must have occurred between`b`

and`x1`

. Note that this test does not reveal the*direction*of gene flow, only it’s presence. - Consistently with the \(f_4\)
results, the \(f_4-ratio\) estimates
match our expectations. Specifically, the statistic estimates around 10%
ancestry of
`b`

in`x1`

in the gene flow model and 0% ancestry in all other cases. - Most importantly, the results obtained from the SLiM and msprime
back ends are nearly exactly the same. This means that (for non-spatial
models) you can use SLiM and
*msprime*backend interchangeably.

## Computing allele frequency spectra

Let’s look at one more example. Imagine the following five demographic models describing the changes in the population size of some abstract population:

These models and the population size change events could be, depending on the specifics of our project, defined using different time units. If you work with radiocarbon-dated samples and ancient DNA you might be used to thinking about population history in units of “years before present”—in this case, the “present” time (bottom of the figure) would be at time 0 and earlier events would be specified as “5000 years before present”, etc.

On the other hand, if you were interested in modelling some theoretical population, you might not want to concern yourselves with this and would be quite happy starting our simulation at “generation 1” and continue until some specified “generation X”.

The *slendr* package makes all of this extremely easy, because
you can specify times in whatever direction and units you want, as long
as they are kept consistent for all populations and events in your
model. This is a rather unique feature among popgen simulation software
as most programs either make you express your model in “generations in
forward direction”, or you have to explicitly convert time in
generations going backwards.

In the previous section of the vignette we have shown that SLiM and
msprime can be both used as simulation backend. In the remainder of this
vignette we will present additional analysis, demonstrating the fact
that you can express time of your models in a forward or backward
direction and still run those models in *slendr*’s SLiM (forward
simulator) or *msprime* (backward simulator).

Specifically, we will define all five demographic models from the
figure above twice, in different orientations of time – forward or
backward. We will then compute allele frequency spectrum from each
simulation (five models, each forward or backward) and verify that both
forward and backward pairs give the same result regardless of whether we
use the SLiM back end or the *msprime* backend.

### Model definition

```
N <- 1000
N_factor <- 5 # by what factor should Ne change
seq_len <- 50e6
rec_rate <- 1e-8
mut_rate <- 1e-8
```

First, let’s define the five population histories in a forward time direction:

```
# constant Ne model
forward_const <- population("const", time = 1, N = N)
# decreasing step Ne model
forward_decr <- population("decr", time = 1, N = N, map = FALSE) %>%
resize(time = 2000, N = N / N_factor, how = "step")
# increasing step Ne model
forward_incr <- population("inc", time = 1, N = N) %>%
resize(time = 2000, N = N * N_factor, how = "step")
# exponential increase in size
forward_exp_incr <- population("exp_inc", time = 1, N = N) %>%
resize(time = 2000, end = 3000, N = N * N_factor, how = "exponential")
# exponential decrease in size
forward_exp_decr <- population("exp_decr", time = 1, N = N) %>%
resize(time = 2000, end = 3000, N = N / N_factor, how = "exponential")
```

Now let’s flip the flow of time around and define the population histories in units of “time ago”:

```
# constant Ne model
backward_const <- population("const", time = 5000, N = N)
# decreasing step Ne model
backward_decr <- population("decr", time = 5000, N = N) %>%
resize(time = 3000, N = N / N_factor, how = "step")
# increasing step Ne model
backward_incr <- population("inc", time = 5000, N = N) %>%
resize(time = 3000, N = N * N_factor, how = "step")
# exponential increase in size
backward_exp_incr <- population("exp_inc", time = 5000, N = N) %>%
resize(time = 3000, end = 2000, N = N * N_factor, how = "exponential")
# exponential decrease in size
backward_exp_decr <- population("exp_decr", time = 5000, N = N) %>%
resize(time = 3000, end = 2000, N = N / N_factor, how = "exponential")
```

For convenience, we will write a helper function which will, for a
given population history object (ten objects just above), compile a
*slendr* model, run it in both SLiM and *msprime* back
ends, load the tree sequence, and compute allele frequency spectrum
(AFS) from it. This will save us lots of code repetition (always a good
thing), minimize the chance of copy-pasting bugs (definitely a good
thing!) and compare the AFS patterns across different models and the two
*slendr* simulation back ends (they should be the same according
to population genetics theory).

```
compile_run_afs <- function(model_name, pop, seed = 42) {
# maximum length of the simulation (necessary for forward models which start
# in generation 1)
simulation_length <- 5000
# define sampling times given the direction of time
if (attr(pop, "history")[[1]]$time == 1) {
sampling_time <- simulation_length
direction <- "forward"
} else {
sampling_time <- 0
direction <- "backward"
}
# compile model
model <- compile_model(pop, generation_time = 15, direction = direction, simulation_length = simulation_length)
samples <- schedule_sampling(model, times = sampling_time, list(pop, 50))
# run the model in SLiM
ts_slim <- slim(model, sequence_length = seq_len, recombination_rate = rec_rate,
samples = samples, random_seed = seed, verbose = FALSE)
# run the same model in msprim
ts_msprime <- msprime(model, sequence_length = seq_len, recombination_rate = rec_rate,
samples = samples, random_seed = seed, verbose = FALSE)
# load the SLiM tree sequence
ts_slim <- ts_recapitate(ts_slim, Ne = N, recombination_rate = rec_rate, random_seed = seed) %>%
ts_mutate(mut_rate, random_seed = seed)
# load the msprime tree sequence
ts_msprime <- ts_mutate(ts_msprime, mut_rate, random_seed = seed)
# compute the AFS from the SLiM and msprime tree sequences and bind the
# results (derived allele counts per frequency bin) in a data frame
msprime_afs <- ts_afs(ts_msprime, polarised = TRUE)[-1]
slim_afs <- ts_afs(ts_slim, polarised = TRUE)[-1]
rbind(
data.frame(simulator = "msprime", model = model_name, f = msprime_afs),
data.frame(simulator = "SLiM", model = model_name, f = slim_afs)
) %>%
group_by(simulator, model) %>%
mutate(n = 1:n(), direction = direction) %>%
ungroup()
}
```

Now that this function doesn’t do anything special. It simply wraps a
standard *slendr* simulation pipeline (1. create population(s);
2. compile a model object; 3. simulate the model; 4. load the results;
5. analyse the data) into a single function.

Now that we have the whole pipeline, we can generate all of our simulated data and bind all the result into a single data frame:

```
afs <- bind_rows(
compile_run_afs("constant", forward_const),
compile_run_afs("constant", backward_const),
compile_run_afs("step contraction", forward_decr),
compile_run_afs("step contraction", backward_decr),
compile_run_afs("step increase", forward_incr),
compile_run_afs("step increase", backward_incr),
compile_run_afs("exponential decrease", forward_exp_decr),
compile_run_afs("exponential decrease", backward_exp_decr),
compile_run_afs("exponential increase", forward_exp_incr),
compile_run_afs("exponential increase", backward_exp_incr)
) %>%
mutate(model = factor(
model, levels = c("step contraction", "constant", "step increase",
"exponential decrease", "exponential increase"))
)
```

Finally, we can plot the allele frequency spectra from all models, for the two time directions, and for the two simulation back ends:

```
ggplot(afs, aes(n, f, color = direction, linetype = simulator)) +
geom_line(stat = "identity") +
facet_wrap(~ model) +
labs(x = "number of derived alleles", y = "frequency",
title = "Site frequency spectra obtained from five demographic models",
subtitle = "Each model was specified in forward or backward direction of time and executed by
two different backend scripts in slendr (SLiM and msprime)") +
guides(color = guide_legend("direction of\ntime in slendr"),
linetype = guide_legend("slendr backend\nengine used")) +
scale_linetype_manual(values = c(3, 2)) +
scale_x_continuous(breaks = c(1, seq(20, 100, 20)), limits = c(1, 100)) +
theme(legend.position = "bottom")
```

Again, a couple of things to note:

The two models that involve population contraction (be it in a single step or an exponential collapse), we see a decrease in low frequency variants. On the other hand, models with population expansion show a high proportion of low frequency variants. The model with constant population size shows intermediate pattern. This is a nice validation that the simulation works as expected as it is exactly what is predicted by population genetics theory.

Both forward and backward time models give exactly the same result. This is not unexpected as anything else would be a bug in

*slendr*. However, although unsurprising, we hope that it makes it clear that you are free to use whatever time unit specification you want to encode*slendr*models.For non-spatial models, results obtained from

*msprime*and SLiM back ends are consistent with one another. Again, this makes sense because although they are completely different software, population genetic theory governing the shape of allele frequency spectra applies equally to both. In fact, the same example as we have just implemented is an important part of*slendr*unit test suite which verifies that the simulations created with*slendr*are correct.