The Inheritance of Quantitative Characters

  • Albert Jacquard
Part of the Biomathematics book series (BIOMATHEMATICS, volume 5)


Up to now, we have studied qualitative characters which could manifest themselves in a limited number of different states: for example, the blood groups (an individual can be A, B, AB or O), or sensitivity to PTC (an individual can be a taster or a non-taster). But there are many characters for which individuals cannot be classified into a definite number of types, but can only be characterised by measurement. For example, height, or head circumference or body-weight, are characters of this sort.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin · Heidelberg 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert Jacquard
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  1. 1.Institut National d’Etudes DémographiquesParisFrance

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