, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 171–174

Ordination as a tool for analyzing complex data sets

  • Robert K. Reft

DOI: 10.1007/BF00048883

Cite this article as:
Reft, R.K. Vegetatio (1980) 42: 171. doi:10.1007/BF00048883


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.


Forests Gradient analysis North Carolina Ordination Reciprocal averaging Vegetation 

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© Dr. W. Junk b.v. Publishers 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert K. Reft
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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