An Introduction to Mathematical Taxonomy

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Courier Corporation, 2004 - Science - 152 pages
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Students of mathematical biology discover modern methods of taxonomy with this text, which introduces taxonomic characters, the measurement of similarity, and the analysis of principal components. Other topics include multidimensional scaling, cluster analysis, identification and assignment techniques, and the construction of evolutionary trees. In addition to its value to undergraduates, this text should also prove practical for postgraduate students and researchers interested in taxonomy and in the use of numerical methods in evolutionary studies. A familiarity with matrix algebra and elementary statistics are the sole prerequisites. 1982 ed.
 

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An introduction to the philosophy and aims of numerical taxonomy
1
Taxonomic characters
11
The measurement of similarity
25
Principal components analysis
46
Multidimensional scaling
59
Cluster analysis
77
Identification and assignment techniques
106
The construction of evolutionary trees
122
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