Ordination as a tool for analyzing complex data sets
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- Reft, R.K. Vegetatio (1980) 42: 171. doi:10.1007/BF00048883
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Ordination has proven to be a useful tool for examining relationships between environment and vegetation in data sets with a simple underlying environmental strueture. Complex data sets have proven much less tractable. A strategy is offered for dealing with complex data sets based on progressive removal of sets of stands along identified gradients, and subsequent reordination. This strategy is demonstrated using forests of the North Carolina piedmont.