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Course about Cladistic Analysis by Dr. Goloboff in Barcelona, Spain.

Dear colleagues, 
Registration is open for the workshop "QUANTITATIVE CLADISTICS AND USE OF TNT - 
2nd Edition", June 29 - July 3, 2015. Instructors: Dr. Goloboff and Dr. Szumik 
(Conicet, Argentine). 
PLACE:  Facilities of the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica, 
Els Hostalets de Pierola,  Barcelona (Spain). 

WEBPAGE: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/phylo/cladistics/ 
- Intro and Basics. Parsimony and phylogenetic systematics. Character 
optimisation and mapping. Most parsimonious reconstructions and specific 
changes. Input/output in TNT. Dataset formats. Using GB->TNT to create 
matrices. Instruction files. Options for graphic output (SVG, metafiles). 
Creation of “batch” files. Editing trees. Handling tree files. Groups of trees, 
characters and taxa.
- Tree calculation. Tree searches. Exact solutions, Wagner trees, 
branch-swapping. Local and global optima. Use of multiple addition sequences. 
Improving search strategies. Factors which affect the efficiency of 
tree-searches. Constraints and “timeouts”.
- Ambiguity and consensus; summarizing results. Zero-length branches and 
collapsing rules. Types of consensus and their use; improving consensus trees; 
supertrees. Pruned consensus. Comparison of tree-topologies; SPR distances.
- Character weighting. Successive and implied weighting. Auto-weighted 
optimization. Refining character weighting with blocks; taking into account 
missing entries. User-defined weighting functions.
- Group supports. Concept of group support. Bremer supports; how to calculate 
them; search of suboptimal trees. Problems with Bremer supports; absolute and 
relative Bremer support. Partitioned Bremer support and individual Bremer 
supports. Measures based on resampling; effect of search strategies and 
collapsing rules. Problems with resampling methods.
- Tree search in large and difficult data sets. Special search algorithms. 
Sectorial searches. Ratchet and drifting. Tree fusing. Combining different 
algorithms. Driven searches and stabilization of consensus.
 - Scripting. Automation of decisions to go beyond simple commands. Flow 
control. Decisions. Expressions, user variables, and internal variables. Design 
of simple scripts.
This course  is co-organized by Transmitting Science, the Institut Catalá de 
Paleontologia M. Crusafont and the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació 
Paleontologica. Places are limited and will be covered by strict registration 
Please feel free to distribute this information between your colleagues if you 
consider it appropriate.
With best regards
 Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno, PhD.

Researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP)

Edifici Z -ICTA-ICP-  C/ de les Columnes s/n.
Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
E-08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès. Spain