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Re: SICB Report

Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:

> I was talking about overall performance, not specific cases. 

So was I.

There are many
> instances when one cladistic method or another does in fact recover a correct
> tree. The problem is that you don't know when you have entered this wonderful
> state. (Something like the stopped clock, which is right twice a day.
> Well--maybe a bit better than that...:-)

Not sure I agree.  There are several a priori tests of phylogenetic
signal within a data set, and even after the analysis has been run, we
can identify situations in which parsimony analysis might be
misleading.  These have been known since 1978.