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The limits of conventional cladistic analysis

Jerrold I. Davis, Kevin C. Nixon and Damon P. Little

in Parsimony, Phylogeny, and Genomics

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199297306
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191713729 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297306.003.0007
 The limits of conventional cladistic analysis

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Software for cladistic analysis has been widely available for more than twenty years, and a series of advances made during this time have facilitated the analysis of matrices of ever-increasing size. This chapter provides an overview of the development of parsimony methods for cladistic analysis, describes strategies that have allowed large data matrices to be analysed by conventional methods, and in doing so, demonstrates that data sets historically considered intracable could in fact have been readily approached using then-available hardware and software. Preliminary analyses, even when...

Keywords: parsimony methods; large data sets; excess branch swapping ration; rearrangements; two-stage searches; one-stage searches

Chapter.  18851 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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