Seeking the evolutionary regression coefficient: an analysis of what comparative methods measure.

@article{Pagel1993SeekingTE,
  title={Seeking the evolutionary regression coefficient: an analysis of what comparative methods measure.},
  author={Mark D. Pagel},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  year={1993},
  volume={164 2},
  pages={
          191-205
        }
}
Two alternative classes of comparative statistical method differ in the way that the comparative data are used to test for an association between two quantitative traits. Directional comparative methods use reconstructions of the ancestral character states to calculate the changes between ancestral and descendant conditions along the branches of the phylogenetic tree. The set of changes in two or more traits is used to test for evidence of correlated evolution. Cross-sectional techniques do not… CONTINUE READING
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