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By Ioannis P. Stavroulakis, Stepan A. Tersian
Parsimony research (cladistics) has lengthy been probably the most conventional tools of phylogenetic inference within the fields of systematic and evolutionary biology. in addition it has mathematical attributes that lend itself to be used with advanced, genomic-scale info units. This ebook demonstrates the aptitude that this strong hierarchical information summarization approach additionally has for either structural and useful comparative genomic examine.
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Prof. Dr. Benker arbeitet am Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik der Martin-Luther-Universität in Halle (Saale) und hält u. a. Vorlesungen zur Lösung mathematischer Probleme mit Computeralgebra-Systemen. Neben seinen Lehraufgaben forscht er auf dem Gebiet der mathematischen Optimierung.
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WHAT IS THE RATIONALE FOR ‘OCKHAM’S RAZOR’ IN PHYLOGENETIC INFERENCE? 6 Testability Testability places a premium on the improbability of the hypothesis, not its probability (Popper 1959, p. 119, 1983, pp. 283–240; Kluge 2001b; contra de Queiroz and Poe 2001, 2003). Testability is deﬁned objectively, as the power of an hypothesis to explain the evidence, in light of the background knowledge, where the data consists of reports of the outcome of sincere attempts to refute the hypothesis, not of attempts to conﬁrm it (Popper 1959, p.
6 Testability Phylogenetic inference has long been cast in Popperian terms (Wiley 1975; see also Bock 1973), where testability is a function of the improbability of a hypothesis of relative recency of common ancestry, not its frequentist probability. In the case of phylogenetic inference (Kluge 2003a), assuming only ‘‘descent, with modiﬁcation,’’ as background knowledge, the evidence for competing hypotheses of sister-group relationships should be equally likely. Thus, in the simplest case of three terminal taxa, the possible hypotheses are P(A,B), P(A,C), and P(B,C), and the expected data of observation equally likely, S(A,B) ¼ S(A,C) ¼ S(B,C).
Nomothetic science is not the domain of phylogenetics, not only because each instance of common ancestry is a spatio-temporally restricted unique part of history, but because each species is part of a replicator system (Lide´n 1990) that renders it ‘‘necessarily unique,’’ which is uniqueness in the 22 PARSIMONY, PHYLOGENY, AND GENOMICS strictest sense (Goudge 1961; Simpson 1964, p. 186; Kluge 2002; see however Hull 1974, p. 47, 97–98). The phylogeneticist cannot meaningfully practice estimation because there is no set of instances with which to assess a frequentist probability statement of species relationships.