Documentation for KIN

Documentation for KIN

27-11-2001 JH Zhao

This distribution includes a driver program and an executable program based on Morgan v2.0/kinship and Werner pedigree example. The remaining source code is available from ( Note Morgan v2.3 has kin program to handle for more sophisticated pedigree.

A list of files

kindrv.c Driver
kin.exe Executable program
readme This file
werner.pre A pre-MakePed file
werner.kin Output for werner.pre

werner.pre is a sample input file in LINKAGE pre-MakePed format. Basically it includes family ID plus triple information of individual ID, father ID, and mother ID. If you wish to know more about that format, please consult Prof Jurg Ott’s website at

werner.kin was obtained from werner.pre by following command

kin werner.pre werner.kin

(or kin werner.kin by redirection)

Note Under Windows system this is only possible under MS-DOS prompt. To enter this mode, follow the sequence below,

Click Start -> Run, and type command, cd \your_kin_directory

The MS-DOS windows may be too small on WinNT, you can press Alt+Enter to toggle between high-resolution small window and low-resolution large window. You can switch between you Windows tasks using Alt+Tab.

If your system has MS-DOS Prompt in the Programs list, you can follow the sequence below,

Click Start -> Programs -> MS-DOS Prompt, cd \your_kin_directory

Otherwise the program automatically enters interactive mode, asking for pedigree ID, individual ID, father ID and mother ID. Like Morgan you will also need tell the program when your input ends by signalling EOF (end of file), i.e. ^Z for MS-DOS and ^D for Unix.

When you finish a MS-DOS session use exit command to give control back to Windows.


Jing Hua Zhao Section of Genetic Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division of Psychological Medicine Institute of Psychiatry De Crespigny Park London SE5 8AF UK
Last modified: 14/1/2000 by: [Jing Hua Zhao](