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Comparison of Classifications with the Data from which they are Derived

  • Jocelyne Ferraris
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 1)

Abstract

The application of clustering methods to ecological problems, which take place in a continuum, is sometimes puzzling because of lack of statistical methods for validating and comparing results. The aim of this paper is to propose an empirical way to compare the results from different hierarchical classifications with the original matrix of proximities. This method should permit us to evaluate the modifications of the initial structure and, finally, to understand the specificity of clustering methods.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jocelyne Ferraris
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire d’HydrobiologieU.S.T.L.Montpellier CedexFrance
  2. 2.C.E.R.S.E.U.Q.A.M.MontréalCanada (PQ)

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