We discuss the taxonomy of Enterobacteriaceae in the light of classification by minimization of stochastic complexity (SC). A classification which minimizes SC is optimal from the point of view of information theory. It was found that the SC-minimizing classification of a large database of strains of Enterobacteriaceae resulted in structures which correspond well to the conclusions of experts on the taxonomy of Enterobacteriaceae. The approach based on minimization of SC can therefore be considered as useful in bacterial taxonomy.
Quantitative Microbiology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 19, 2004
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