Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Involving a sorting of objects which brings together those of one kind and separates them from all oilier kinds.

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  • adjective Characterized by assorting.

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  • If the deviation of the chosen character is in the same direction (plus or minus) as in the chooser, the mating is called assortative; if in one direction independent of the characteristic of the chooser, it is called preferential.

    Applied Eugenics

  • What it does mean is that like tends to mate with like -- called assortative mating.

    Applied Eugenics

  • A rise in singe-parent families keeps some households locked in poverty, they say, while a phenomenon called assortative mating - in which men and women increasingly look for partners from similar social classes, rather than marrying above or below their station - has tightened the ranks of the wealthy.

    NYT > Home Page

  • There was also in all countries a rise in the phenomenon known as "assortative mating", that is to say people with higher earnings having their spouses in the same earnings bracket - e.g. doctors marrying doctors rather than nurses.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Many models relax some of these assumptions, allowing for phenomena such as assortative mating, discrete sub-populations with migration, self-fertilization, and sex-ratio distortion.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • Many models relax some of these assumptions, allowing for phenomena such as assortative mating, discrete sub-populations with migration, self-fertilization, and sex-ratio distortion.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • Not only is IQ becoming more crucial to economic success but observable phenomena such as assortative mating for IQ that Western partners’ IQs are shown to be positively correlated are likely to lead to an increasing spread of IQs within populations.

    Reality Re Income Inequality

  • Not only is IQ becoming more crucial to economic success but observable phenomena such as assortative mating for IQ that Western partners’ IQs are shown to be positively correlated are likely to lead to an increasing spread of IQs within populations.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • This study clearly puts in perspective the rather modest role of genetics, as Mendelian genetics, cannot explain this sex-assortative association.

    Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes » Blog Archive » Prevent Childhood Obesity - Treat the Parents!

  • Perez-Pastor and colleagues from the Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth, UK, examined the relationship between same-sex (gender assortative) association of BMI in 226 healthy trios (mother, father and child) from a randomly selected 1995 to 1996 birth cohort prospectively studied from 5 to 8 years (International Journal of Obesity).

    Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes » Blog Archive » Prevent Childhood Obesity - Treat the Parents!

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