[Taxacom] Methodological plurality [was cladistic analysis for morphological characters -- UPGMA is not cladistics]
Kipling (Kip) Will
kipwill at berkeley.edu
Sat Nov 17 12:13:34 CST 2012
On 11/17/2012 9:30 AM, Richard Zander wrote:
> Congruence of what?
Tree topology or more specifically sister-group relationships between
OTUs. Viewed as a Venn or Euler diagrams it can also be thought of a
pattern of nesting or hierarchy.
Nesting? Nesting is not a process in nature, it is a
> feature of the method. Of course nesting will be different when
> different methods are used since serial macroevolutionary
> transformations of taxa are interprested (as nesting) in different ways.
I made no claim that "nesting" was a process. Most list readers will be
familiar with your opinions on these matters and won't be surprised we
have trouble finding a common vocabulary. One needs to be careful not to
confabulate patterns, processes, diachronic and synchronic context of
My post was was intended to open a discussion on the use of a plurality
of methods and what, if any justification for this common practice exists.
Kipling W. Will
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