[Taxacom] Methodological plurality [was cladistic analysis for morphological characters -- UPGMA is not cladistics]
gill.anthony at gmail.com
Sun Nov 18 16:03:40 CST 2012
Well put Kip.
On Sun, Nov 18, 2012 at 5:13 AM, Kipling (Kip) Will <kipwill at berkeley.edu>wrote:
> 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.
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