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Parsimony, Phylogeny, and Genomics

Victor A. Albert


Parsimony analysis (cladistics) has long been one of the most widely used methods of phylogenetic inference in the fields of systematic and evolutionary biology. Moreover, it has mathematical attributes that lend themselves for use with complex, genomic-sacle data sets. In this book, specialists review philosophical, statistical, methodological, and mathematical aspects of parsimony analysis, and demonstrate the potential that this powerful hierarchical data summarization method has for both structural and functional genomics research.

Keywords: cladistics, phylogenomics, systematics, evolutionary biology, likelihood, Dollo's law, Ockham's razor

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199297306
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297306.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victor A. Albert, editor
Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway

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I Philosophical aspects of parsimony analysis, including comparison with model-based approaches

II Parsimony, character analysis, and optimization of sequence characters

III Computational limits of parsimony analysis: from historical aspects to competition with fast model-based approaches

Chapter 7 The limits of conventional cladistic analysis

Jerrold I. Davis, Kevin C. Nixon, and Damon P. Little

Chapter 8 Parsimony and Bayesian phylogenetics

Pablo A. Goloboff, and Diego Pol

IV Mathematical attributes of parsimony

V Parsimony and genomics

Chapter 11 Dollo parsimony and the reconstruction of genome evolution

Igor B. Rogozin, Yuri I. Wolf, Vladimir N. Babenko, and Eugene V. Koonin

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