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numerical taxonomy

noun
1.
classification of organisms by a comparison of large numbers of observable characteristics that are given equal value instead of being weighted according to possible evolutionary significance.
Also called numerical phenetics, taximetrics.
Origin of numerical taxonomy
1960-1965
1960-65
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numerical taxonomy
  (n-měr'ĭ-kəl)   
A method of taxonomy in which classification is made on the basis of a multivariate analysis of observable differences and similarities between taxonomic groups. Classifications based on numerical taxonomy reflect degrees of similarity rather than evolutionary relationships.
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