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On the Cophenetic Correlation Coefficient

James S. Farris
Systematic Zoology
Vol. 18, No. 3 (Sep., 1969), pp. 279-285
DOI: 10.2307/2412324
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2412324
Page Count: 7
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On the Cophenetic Correlation Coefficient
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Abstract

Some algebraic properties of the cophenetic correlation coefficient (CPCC) are derived. Conditions under which the CPCC is maximized for a phenogram are calculated, and a strategy for finding a phenogram with largest CPCC is described. The desirability of the CPCC as an optimality criterion for classifications is discussed.

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