Probabilities on Phylogenetic Trees
tdib at UMICH.EDU
Fri Sep 19 10:02:53 CDT 1997
Byron Adams wrote:
> Wait a minute - did I miss something here? I thought boldness was
>a function of probability such that "statement boldness" is the inverse of
>its likelihood (i.e. a "very bold" statement is one that is not very likely
>This definition makes sense to me when I imagine the intestinal
>fortitude required to stand in front of my peers and suggest that a bush
>(unresolved polytomy) is actually the best estimate of phylogenetic
>relationships for the group.
Hmmm, the best estimate of the phylogenetic relationships of a group
is that no phylogenetic relationships exist?
> Now *that's* a bold statement.
I guess so!
>Or maybe this is a different kind of "boldness" (lunacy)?
Tom DiBenedetto http://www-personal.umich.edu/~tdib/
Fish Division tdib at umich.edu
University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
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