Comparative Analysis of Principal Components Can be Misleading.

  title={Comparative Analysis of Principal Components Can be Misleading.},
  author={Josef C. Uyeda and Daniel S Caetano and Matthew W. Pennell},
  journal={Systematic biology},
  volume={64 4},
Most existing methods for modeling trait evolution are univariate, although researchers are often interested in investigating evolutionary patterns and processes across multiple traits. Principal components analysis (PCA) is commonly used to reduce the dimensionality of multivariate data so that univariate trait models can be fit to individual principal components. The problem with using standard PCA on phylogenetically structured data has been previously pointed out yet it continues to be… CONTINUE READING

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