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Cluster and Classification Techniques for the Biosciences by Alan H. (Manchester Metropolitan University) Fielding

Cluster and Classification Techniques for the Biosciences


Cluster and Classification Techniques for the Biosciences by Alan H. (Manchester Metropolitan University) Fielding

Advances in experimental methods have resulted in the generation of enormous volumes of data across the life sciences. Hence clustering and classification techniques that were once predominantly the domain of ecologists are now being used more widely. This 2006 book provides an overview of these important data analysis methods, from long-established statistical methods to more recent machine learning techniques. It aims to provide a framework that will enable the reader to recognise the assumptions and constraints that are implicit in all such techniques. Important generic issues are discussed first and then the major families of algorithms are described. Throughout the focus is on explanation and understanding and readers are directed to other resources that provide additional mathematical rigour when it is required. Examples taken from across the whole of biology, including bioinformatics, are provided throughout the book to illustrate the key concepts and each technique's potential.


...the book contains quite a lot of useful material for those embarking in this area.... - Morven Leese, Biometrics

About the Author

Alan H. Fielding is Senior Lecturer in the Division of Biology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Publication date

14th December 2006


Alan H. (Manchester Metropolitan University) Fielding

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Cambridge University Press


260 pages


Biology, life sciences
Maths for scientists



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