interactive keys and others

Snow, Neil Neil.Snow at UNCO.EDU
Fri Mar 10 10:26:08 CST 2006

In my mind there no doubt that interactive keys greatly accelerate the rate of identification.  I was a committed skeptic back in 97 and 98 when I first became aware of their existence but that changed quickly once I started using them.  Out of curiosity, have any readers of TAXACOM who have made an earnest attempt to use an interactive experienced otherwise?  NS

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From: Taxacom Discussion List [mailto:TAXACOM at LISTSERV.NHM.KU.EDU] On Behalf Of Heike Vibrans
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Subject: Re: [TAXACOM] interactive keys and others

I was wondering (and it would be important for my own

Are there any quantitative data or publications out there
on the relative merits of different ways of identifying
plants (perhaps comparing conventional keys, interactive
keys and flower-color-sorted pictures, as in many popular
field guides)? In terms of % correct identifications and
time necessary? Perhaps even distinguishing between
trained botanists and laypeople?



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