Variability of biological similarity criteria

Richard J. Smith, Rebecca Z. German, William L. Jungers

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The "allometric cancellation" technique for determining similarity criteria (dimensionless numbers) insures that these ratios are essentially free from size-dependent variation. However, with the traditional methods of calculating such values, other important sources of variation are not examined. A correlation analysis of residuals demonstrates that many similarity criteria are actually highly variable relationships among organisms and frequently have questionable empirical validity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-293
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 7 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Medicine(all)


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