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Darwin-L Message Log 3:72 (November 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

This is one message from the Archives of Darwin-L (1993–1997), a professional discussion group on the history and theory of the historical sciences.

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<3:72>From acvascon@ibase.br  Tue Nov 16 14:05:59 1993

From: acvascon@ibase.br
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 93 18:07:32 BDB
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Weights

  A very common feature in recent cladistics softwares is the
possibility of weighting characters according to the level of homoplasy
(Henning86, Paup 3.0, Pee-Wee). For classificatory purposes it's sometimes
a very good strategy, but what does it mean in biological sense?

  How can we perceive the difference of a character with a low or a higth
weight in the real world?

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