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Weekly reading: Philosophy of statistical phylogenetic methods

After a long summer hiatus, our Weekly Discussion series resumes for the Fall semester of 2014 (this time also as a one-credit under-/graduate seminar course “Current Topics in Systematics”). On the menu this semester we have the theory and practice of Next Generation Sequencing, but the corresponding papers will  have to wait a few weeks to make room for 2-3 unrelated topics on which new, intriguing papers have come out over the summer.

The first of these is on the philosophical correlates of statistical phylogenetic inference!

Barker, D. 2014. Seeing the wood for the trees: philosophical aspects of classical, Bayesian and likelihood approaches in statistical inference and some implications for phylogenetic analysis. Biology & Philosophy 29. (21 pp.). Available on-line here.

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