autoinfer1.0: a computer program to infer biogeographical events automatically


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autoinfer is a computer program for biogeographical inference based on nested clade analysis. To reduce the obscurity caused by manual inference, we defined geographically concordant clades and intermediate geographical areas between two clades. The program will perform most of the inferences automatically with a minimum of input from the user. We believe that autoinfer will save much time for the user compared with using the inference key by hand and, furthermore, will reduce the errors of inference resulting from different criteria in deduction.