Clustering a FAME data set

This tutorial illustrates how to calculate a dendrogram based on character data in BioNumerics. A fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) data set is used as an example.

Characters

A character is basically a name-value pair of which the value can be binary, multi-state or continuous. Because of this very broad definition, a wide variety of data can be analyzed as character types (= an array of characters). This includes morphological and biochemical features, commercial test panels (API®, Biolog®, Vitek®, etc.), antibiotics resistance profiles, fatty acid profiles, microarrays, SNP arrays, repeat numbers in MLVA, allelic profiles in MLST, etc.

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