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RE: Cladistics algorithm?
However, the topic you are discussing is one of computer science and/or
computational phylogenetics, and not dinosaur science per se. You should
seek out the various systematic discussion groups or computational science
groups for those details.
Is this true? I know this list is volatile, and that
threads start up as soon as you look at them, but cladistics has had
such an impact of dinosaurian phylogenetics and, hopefully, will
continue to do so, that surely asking what the programs actually _do_
is fair game? Is it likely anyone is going to initiate an in-depth
discussion on ACCTRAN/DELTRAN optimisations, Dollo, Wagner or Fitch
parsimony or Farris' Parsimony Jacknife? Goloboff's Ratchet
implimentations? I hope not, because there are other lists better
suited (and less interesting). But surely someone asking what
fundamental cladistic algorithms actually _do_ is worthy of a reply
and some pointers?
'Cos if not it just looks more and more like a black box, doesn't it?
Just my 2¤ 's
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