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Fw: Combined answer 1: cladistics
Wrote this before I saw that the original had gone to the list, too.
> > Have you seen those studies (for example, Atchely & Fitch 1991, Hillis
> > al, 1992) where trees generated via cladistics were matched up with
> > phylogenies?
> No; are the known phylogenies those of viruses?
> > Of the 135,135 possible trees in Hillis et al, all five methods under
> > consideration (parsimony, Fitch-Margoliash, Cavalli-Sforza,
> > neighbor-joining, unweighted pair-group) predicted the true phylogeny.
> > Seems pretty darn accurate in those cases, at least!
> Seems too good to be true. Neighbor-joining is phenetics. I must confess I
> don't know Fitch-Margoliash, Cavalli-Sforza or unweighted pair-group...
> latter sounds phenetic :-) ... do you have the complete refs?