numerical phenetics

numerical taxonomy

noun
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:
1960–65

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numerical taxonomy   (n-měr'ĭ-kəl)  Pronunciation Key 
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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