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The numerical classification of gilled fungi. (English)
Horne, M. et al., Mathematics: Meeting the challenge. Mathematical Association of Victoria, Brunswick (ISBN 0-909-315-49-3). 343-353 (1992).
A numerical classification of common agaric fungi (mushrooms/toadstools) is outlined. The idea is to see agaric morphology as sets of observations about the cap, stem, gills and spores, which are listed as numerals in a set order. It is a type of place value system and minimises language in communicating these observations. The numerical classification leads on to cluster analysis, requiring the application of co-ordinate geometry and matrices. The dendrogram is a method of portraying the results of clustering, which has implications for the botanist and taxonomist and, of course, the philosophy of fungi. (orig.)
Classification: M63
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