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    Why does LivingDNA always seems to find South Asian?

    I've noticed that most results seem to have a small percentage of South Asian as did mine did at 1.1% Sindhi. I don't get South Asian anywhere else.

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    I think it is partially how they classify "South Asian" many of the populations included in their South Asian group are considered Middle Eastern or West Asian in other products. I think the fact that they also have more population groups within this small region make it more likely to match whether correct or not. Most people I've seen lose their south asian populations on standard or cautious mode. Mine becomes more general with a "-related" group. We'll have to see how the algorithm evolves over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilac9 View Post
    I've noticed that most results seem to have a small percentage of South Asian as did mine did at 1.1% Sindhi. I don't get South Asian anywhere else.
    I've had South Asian on various tests, Living DNA too, Kalash, Baloch, Burusho etc. My ancestry is all British as far as I know.
    I think isolated populations have higher proportions of early ancestry DNA-wise. I tend to get Basque and Sardinian for the same reason I think
    I also get Turkic or Steppe Turkic on different calculators. Why I get these, I just don't know, but I don't think it is at all recent. John

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    I would guess it is a remnant of the old problem that early admixture calculations had, and that it can be considered Eurasian rather than south Asian, possibly something to do with the Indo-European language spread, or the Neolithic.. ANE is also a candidate of course, but that usually comes out as Native American or north Asian in Europeans..

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    Quote Originally Posted by greerpalmer View Post
    I think it is partially how they classify "South Asian" many of the populations included in their South Asian group are considered Middle Eastern or West Asian in other products. I think the fact that they also have more population groups within this small region make it more likely to match whether correct or not. Most people I've seen lose their south asian populations on standard or cautious mode. Mine becomes more general with a "-related" group. We'll have to see how the algorithm evolves over time.
    I also lose the Sindhi on standard and cautious modes. It just goes to World unassigned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evon View Post
    I would guess it is a remnant of the old problem that early admixture calculations had, and that it can be considered Eurasian rather than south Asian, possibly something to do with the Indo-European language spread, or the Neolithic.. ANE is also a candidate of course, but that usually comes out as Native American or north Asian in Europeans..
    I was wondering the same thing since I do have Native-American and I usually get 9% of it unlike the 7.8% I got on LivingDNA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilac9 View Post
    I was wondering the same thing since I do have Native-American and I usually get 9% of it unlike the 7.8% I got on LivingDNA.
    You could ask LivingDNA about it, but I think most testers are aware that this is, in most cases, not actual south Asian ancestry.. But yes they should inform about this "issue" on their page...

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    I have put an inquiry in with living DNA regarding population samples and sizes. I will share when I hear back.

    Since my Pashtun remains "Pashtun-related" in all 3 modes, I'm curious if it isn't due to a lack of samples in the database for another population and not due to a lack of Pashtun samples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evon View Post
    I would guess it is a remnant of the old problem that early admixture calculations had, and that it can be considered Eurasian rather than south Asian, possibly something to do with the Indo-European language spread, or the Neolithic.. ANE is also a candidate of course, but that usually comes out as Native American or north Asian in Europeans..
    That makes sense, I get around 1% Native American on some calculators and Living DNA gives me about 1% Sardinian. Strange that it shows through in some "modern" people and not others. John

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilac9 View Post
    I was wondering the same thing since I do have Native-American and I usually get 9% of it unlike the 7.8% I got on LivingDNA.
    That percentage looks quite high to be just a remnant of something very early? John

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