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Jolanta J. Adamczyk, Maria Kurzac, Young-Seuk Park and Andrzej Kruk Application of a Kohonen's self-organizing map for evaluation of long-term changes in forest vegetation Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Version of Record online: 4 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01468.x

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A transformation from Querco roboris-Pinetum to Tilio cordatae-Carpinetum betuli in the Babsk nature reserve (Poland) over 1960–1991 is presented. A Kohonen's Self-Organizing Map (unsupervised neural network), which is robust to non-linear relationships between variables and their non-normal distributions, was effectively applied for recognition of patterns in plant communities investigated with the classical Braun-Blanquet phytosociological method based on the ordinal scale.

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