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
Taxonomic characters
The measurement of similarity
Principal components analysis
Multidimensional scaling
Cluster analysis
Identification and assignment techniques
The construction of evolutionary trees

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