[Taxacom] Molecular data and synapomorphies
Alan DAvid Forrest
aforrest at rjb.csic.es
Thu Dec 4 01:01:08 CST 2008
Karl Magnacca escribió:
Lines separated by semicolons and begin/end around blocks is too
complex??? Seriously, Nexus is about as simple as you can get. What on
earth are you expecting to find?
Agrred - the sequence format itself is not overly complex! - but the
additional format often necessary for particular softwares can be. I
guess it is what you are used to that shapes your preferences. I have
often been asked to assist in formatting data for a particular pop
genetics software package, which I have no problems with because I have
used it a lot and know the pitfalls.
Remember, bioinformatics expertise across evolutioanry and systematic
science is very varied - as evidenced by this discussion, and for boith
individuals and institutes - and I am sure ranges from individuals who
can program their PCs to autoformat almost anything to people who are
still inputting data into text editors by hand. Bioinformatics is
perhaps not recognised as a useful tool when we are training the next
generation of scientists - and it should be.
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