Application of Numerical Taxonomic Techniques in the Study of Behavior

  • Gary D. Schnell
  • Barbara L. Woods
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 1)


Studies of behavior often produce substantial quantities of data involving multiple behavioral characteristics, frequently for a number of subjects. In many cases, quantitative analyses are required in order to summarize and simplify available information to a readily understandable level. It can be this very exercise of reduction that provides critical insights as to causal processes and character interrelationships. Problems of subjective definition face ethologists, particularly when it comes to descriptive aspects of their work and, thus, a number of investigators have been drawn to explicit methods in attempts to reduce subjective bias.


Principal Component Analysis Ground Squirrel Social Play Song Type Minimum Span Network 
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  • Gary D. Schnell
    • 1
  • Barbara L. Woods
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Zoology and Oklahoma Biological SurveyUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA

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