Chapter 4. Similarity and Arrangement

  1. Niall A. Logan BSc, PhD

Published Online: 30 JUL 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444313949.ch4

Bacterial Systematics

Bacterial Systematics

How to Cite

Logan, N. A. (1994) Similarity and Arrangement, in Bacterial Systematics, Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444313949.ch4

Author Information

  1. Department of Biological Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JUL 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 MAR 1994

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632037759

Online ISBN: 9781444313949



  • table of strains versus characters - data matrix;
  • recording and coding data;
  • characters - binary, qualitative multistate, or quantitative;
  • classification - hierarchical and non-hierarchical methods;
  • similarity and dissimilarity;
  • simple matching coefficient;
  • principal coordinates analysis (PCO) and non-metric multidimensional scaling (MDS);
  • non-metric multidimensional scaling;
  • confidence limits for resemblance coefficients


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Recording and coding data

  • Classification methods

  • Similarity and dissimilarity

  • Taxonomic structure

  • Error and goodness of structure

  • Interpretation