American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or designating a system of classification of organisms based on overall or observable similarities rather than on phylogenetic or evolutionary relationships.
- adj. systematics : Of, or relating to, phenetics.
- phen(otype) + -etic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If the ‘community of similarity’ were equal to the ‘community of descent’, then phenetic clustering would produce the same nested hierarchy.”
“The key metric, “baraminic distance” basically seems to be a phenetic clustering method, where groupings are done by eye and outgroups are excluded if they make the ingroups seem too similar.”
“It is a member of the Eleutherodactylus conspicillatus phenetic group.”
“As a proud phenetic speller of the English language, I think “discreet” works just fine!”
“Mass lexical, oopsie, multilateral comparison is a nice tool for generating hypotheses, but incapable of testing them, because it's phenetic.”
“Different choices of unit characters or different computation schemes will yield different phenetic clusters consistent with diverse phylogenetic sequences.”
“Richards CM (2007) Distinguishing terminal monophyletic groups from reticulate taxa: performance of phenetic, tree-based, and network procedures.”
“It seems bizarre that Wood’s baraminic/phenetic approach would classify Au. sediba in Homo, and Au. africanus in another genus.”
“However, Wood neglects to point out that afarensis doesn’t form a phenetic, remember cluster with the apes or other australopithecines, either.”
“Even if he did decide to give the data the final word, his analysis consists of drawing circles around phenetic clusters, with no principles about how to decide when things are in the same cluster or not such methods do commonly exist in statistics, but they would create the danger of getting an answer one doesn’t like.”
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