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Re: SICB Report
> 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.