numerical taxonomy

  1. 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.

Origin of numerical taxonomy

First recorded in 1960–65

Words Nearby numerical taxonomy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Scientific definitions for numerical taxonomy

numerical taxonomy

[ nōō-mĕrĭ-kəl ]

  1. 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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