numeric taxonomy


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nu·mer·i·c tax·on·o·my

an approach to the classification of organisms that strives for objectivity, wherein characteristics of organisms are given equal weight (adansonian classification) and the relationships of the organisms are numerically determined, usually by computer.

numeric taxonomy

a system of classifying organisms on the basis of the overall similarities of the measurable phenotypic characters they share. The system is used to classify strains of bacteria, as well as to separate closely related species of plants and animals.

nu·mer·i·c tax·on·o·my

(nū-merik taks-onŏ-mē)
Approach to the classification of organisms that strives for objectivity, wherein characteristics of organisms are given equal weight and the relationships of the organisms are numerically determined, usually by computer.