Finding out about interactive identification

Mike Dallwitz miked at ENTO.CSIRO.AU
Wed Jun 21 17:27:40 CDT 1995

                                                                  21 June 1995

> From: Jerry Brickler <lcjbrick at>
> To: Taxacom
> Could someone please summarize for me exactly what an interactive key is,
> how it is used, and its strengths and limitations?

For a review article, see

    Edwards, M., and Morse, D. R. (1995). The potential for computer-aided
    identification in biodiversity research. Trends in Ecology and Evolution
    10, 153-158.

There are detailed examples of the use of INTKEY for identification and other
purposes in

    Bruhl, J. J., Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M. J. (1992). Genera of
    Cyperaceae: interactive identification and information retrieval. Taxon
    41, 225-35.

    Watson, L., Gibbs Russell, G. E., and Dallwitz, M. J. (1989). Grass genera
    of southern Africa: interactive identification and information retrieval
    from an automated data bank. S. Afr. J. Bot. 55, 452-63.

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