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On Hierarchical Syndrome Analysis and the Zürich-Montpellier Table Method

B. J. Coetzee, M. J.A. Werger
Bothalia | Vol 11, No 1/2 | a1997 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v11i1/2.1997 | © 1973 B. J. Coetzee, M. J.A. Werger | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 July 1973 | Published: 22 July 1973

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B. J. Coetzee, Botanical Research Institute, Department of Agricultural Technical Services
M. J.A. Werger, Botanical Research Institute, Department of Agricultural Technical Services,

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Hierarchical Syndrome Analysis was applied to two sets of data drawn from Werger, et al. (1972). The resulting classification was compared to that obtained by Werger  et al., who used the Zürich-
Montpellier Table Method. It is concluded that Hierarchical Syndrome Analysis results in an advanced stage of the process that leads to a meaningful classification of vegetation as expressed in a phyto-
sociological table obtained by Zürich-Montpellier techniques. However, the Hierarchical Syndrome Analysis was found to be too rigid in some respects to finalize such a classification. The time and effort
involved in preparing the data for computation is another serious consideration. The main conclusion is that the consistency of the results of the Hierarchical Sydrome Analysis with those obtained by the
Zürich-Montpellier Table Method, proves the objectivity of the latter.


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