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TitleTrees and Hierarchical Structures [electronic resource] : Proceedings of a Conference held at Bielefeld, FRG, Oct. 5-9th, 1987 / edited by Andreas Dress, Arndt von Haeseler
ImprintBerlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer, 1990
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Descript III, 140 p. 1 illus. online resource


The "raison d'etre" of hierarchical dustering theory stems from one basic pheยญ nomenon: This is the notorious non-transitivity of similarity relations. In spite of the fact that very often two objects may be quite similar to a third without being that similar to each other, one still wants to dassify objects according to their similarity. This should be achieved by grouping them into a hierarchy of non-overlapping dusters such that any two objects in ñe duster appear to be more related to each other than they are to objects outside this duster. In everyday life, as well as in essentially every field of scientific investigation, there is an urge to reduce complexity by recognizing and establishing reasonable dasยญ sification schemes. Unfortunately, this is counterbalanced by the experience of seemingly unavoidable deadlocks caused by the existence of sequences of objects, each comparatively similar to the next, but the last rather different from the first


1. Introduction -- 2. Reconstruction of Phylogenies by Distance Data: Mathematical Framework and Statistical Analysis -- 3. Additive-Tree Representations -- 4. Finding the Minimal Change in a Given Tree -- 5. Search, Parallelism, Comparison, and Evaluation: Algorithms for Evolutionary Trees -- 6. The Phylogeny of Prochloron: Is there Numerical Evidence from SAB Values? A Response to van Valen -- 7. Evolution of the Collagen Fibril by Duplication and Diversification of a Small Primordial Exon Unit -- 8. The Poincare Paradox and The Cluster Problem -- 9. An incremental Error Correcting Evaluation Algorithm for Recursion Networks without Circuits

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