Optimization of morphological data in numerical taxonomy analysis using genetic algorithms feature selection method
Bakış, Yasin and Sezerman, Uğur and Babaç, M. Tekin and Meydan, Cem (2009) Optimization of morphological data in numerical taxonomy analysis using genetic algorithms feature selection method. In: 11th Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO 2009, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Official URL: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1570256.1570260
Studies in Numerical Taxonomy are carried out by measuring characters as much as possible. The workload over scientists and labor to perform measurements will increase proportionally with the number of variables (or characters) to be used in the study. However, some part of the data may be irrelevant or sometimes meaningless. Here in this study, we introduce an algorithm to obtain a subset of data with minimum characters that can represent original data. Morphological characters were used in optimization of data by Genetic Algorithms Feature Selection method. The analyses were performed on an 18 character*11 taxa data matrix with standardized continuous characters. The analyses resulted in a minimum set of 2 characters, which means the original tree based on the complete data can also be constructed by those two characters.
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