Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Maximum Parsimony Methods

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_1750

Taxonomic methods that focus on the character values observed and minimizing the number of changes in character state between species over the tree, making the assumption that there have been approximately constant rates of change. The changes at each node in the tree are inferred to be those that require the least number of changes to give each of the two character states of the immediate descendants.


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