Obtaining common pruned trees
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- Finden, C.R. & Gordon, A.D. Journal of Classification (1985) 2: 255. doi:10.1007/BF01908078
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Given two or more dendrograms (rooted tree diagrams) based on the same set of objects, ways are presented of defining and obtaining common pruned trees. Bounds on the size of a largest common pruned tree are introduced, as is a categorization of objects according to whether they belong to all, some, or no largest common pruned trees. Also described is a procedure for regrafting pruned branches, yielding trees for which one can assess the reliability of the depicted relationships. The tree obtained by regrafting branches on to a largest common pruned tree is shown to contain all the classes present in the strict consensus tree. The theory is illustrated by application to two classifications of a set of forty-nine stratigraphical pollen spectra.