How Reliable is the Analysis of Complex Cuticular Hydrocarbon Profiles by Multivariate Statistical Methods?

@article{Martin2009HowRI,
  title={How Reliable is the Analysis of Complex Cuticular Hydrocarbon Profiles by Multivariate Statistical Methods?},
  author={Stephen J Martin and Falko P Drijfhout},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2009},
  volume={35},
  pages={375-382}
}
Numerous recent studies have correlated cuticular hydrocarbon profiles with a wide range of behaviors, particularly in social insects. These findings are wholly or partly based on multivariate statistical methods such as discriminate analysis (DA) or principal component analysis (PCA). However, these methods often provide limited insight into the biological processes that generate the small differences usually detected. This may be a consequence of variability in the system due to inadequate… CONTINUE READING
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