[Taxacom] Taxatoy and the jaggies

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Oct 4 00:20:43 CDT 2012


I don't believe *either* taxatoy or ION. The all organisms taxatoy graph is ridiculous! What could have caused the "stock market crash" at about 1973?! Utter rubbish! On the other hand, ION is inexplicably duplicating many of its recent entries on a regular basis. Caveat emptor ...

Stephen




________________________________
 From: Geoff Read <gread at actrix.gen.nz>
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu 
Sent: Thursday, 4 October 2012 6:01 PM
Subject: [Taxacom] Taxatoy and the jaggies
 
Hi,

Does anyone care to speculate why Ubio's taxatoy graph of counts of new
species in the online tool looks so sparse from the 1940s onwards?  ION's
Animalia totals look way more realistic, and have >15,000 per year from
the 1970s, with the Animalia fig in the published paper in 2008 about
taxatoy at least in same ballpark, although having lower counts at ~10,000
per year.  What is shown in the taxatoy display doesn't seem to match
those two at all. Perhaps something is amiss?  A blog pic from 2011 shows
the same unlikely and different graph was there a year ago.

http://taxatoy.ubio.org/
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/8/144
http://iise.blogspot.com/2011/08/playing-around-with-taxatoy.html

Geoff


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