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Specimen Identification and Key Construction with Time-Sharing Computers
Larry E. Morse
Vol. 20, No. 2/3 (May, 1971), pp. 269-282
Published by: International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT)
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1218880
Page Count: 14
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Current methods of specimen identification are surveyed, and algorithms are given for constructing dichotomous keys and for identifying specimens directly with a polythetic polyclave procedure. Although usable without computers, these techniques have been automated as Fortran programs on a time-sharing system. Taxon/character data are encoded as a hierarchy of data matrices for use with the various programs. Largescale taxonomic information systems are also briefly discussed.
Taxon © 1971 International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT)