A NUMERICAL REPRESENTATION FOR TAXONOMIC KEYS

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    On leave from Department of Physics, St. Salvator's College, St. Andrews University, Scotland, until August 1962.

Summary

Some of the limitations of the usual type of dichotomous taxonomic key are pointed out. It is suggested that a particular method of representing the characteristic features of a species in numerical form can overcome some of these limitations. Identification by this method is rapid, can often be made correctly in spite of minor errois of observation, and requires no computation or computing equipment. The method may therefore be of particular use in the field.

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