Mike Dunford posted Entry 1222 on July 16, 2005 07:43 PM.
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Today’s entry comes from the “creatively nasty” file:

Lorentzen and Sieg (1991) have insisted that parsimony analysis should properly result in the display of all possible assignments of ancestral nodes (and thus all possible placements of changes of state) for each character. Their objective may find little support outside of the pulp and paper industry.
  —Joeseph Felsenstein
  Inferring Phylogenies (p70)

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Comment #38334

Posted by Ron Okimoto on July 17, 2005 7:52 AM (e)

This isn’t so much a jab that their idea isn’t worth the paper that it is written on, but probably refers to the required output. Computers were going to decrease the paper shuffle. What do you think such printouts would look like for more than a few taxa in an analysis? How long would it take you to make anything out of the mess?

Comment #38488

Posted by Tobias Mann on July 18, 2005 12:41 PM (e)

Not a big deal, but it’s actually:

Joseph Felsenstein

Comment #60315

Posted by Don Maze on November 27, 2005 12:27 PM (e)

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