Does adding characters with missing data increase or decrease phylogenetic accuracy?

@article{Wiens1998DoesAC,
  title={Does adding characters with missing data increase or decrease phylogenetic accuracy?},
  author={John J. Wiens},
  journal={Systematic biology},
  year={1998},
  volume={47 4},
  pages={625-40}
}
Missing data are a widely recognized nuisance factor in phylogenetic analyses, and the fear of missing data may deter systematists from including characters that are highly incomplete. In this paper, I used simulations to explore the consequences of including sets of characters that contain missing data. More specifically, I tested whether the benefits of increasing the number of characters outweigh the costs of adding missing data cells to a matrix. The results show that the addition of a set… CONTINUE READING

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