Psychometrika

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 523–527 | Cite as

Ordered binary trees constructed through an application of Kendall's tau

  • Richard Degerman
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Abstract

A procedure is described for orienting the nodes of a binary tree to maximize the Kendall rank order correlation (tau) between node order and a given external criterion. The procedure is computationally efficient and is based on application of an ordered set of node tests.

Key word

cluster analysis 

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© The Psychometric Society 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Degerman
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  1. 1.School of Social SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaIrvine

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