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Morphometrics For The Life Sciences [Hardcover]

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The idea of form is one of the most fundamental concepts underlying all of the sciences. Our visual system is so well-developed that we are able to classify and compare visual images effortlessly. What is not so well-developed is our ability to measure this visual information. This study examines a number of approaches in use at time of publication to characterize the biological form numerically. It presents an overview of these methods, starting with a review of measurement set in a historical framework. The book should be of interest to graduate students in addition to a wide range of researchers, including those in the specialized fields of human biology, growth and development, orthodontics, botany, biology, ecology, zoology, as well as dentistry and medicine.

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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages   284
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 4, 2000
Publisher   World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN  9810236107  
ISBN13  9789810236106  

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A book on de-bunking, not on morphometrics  Aug 7, 2004
Background: I have a strong background in mathematics and image processing. I was looking for a book that could re-introduce me to the field of morphometrics. I had done some basic land-mark morphometrics before and wanted to return to the field.

Contrary to its title, this book is not about morphometrics for the life sciences. It is about the Fourier Descriptors methods and about de-bunking any other method. The book is divided by the author in two parts. The first part is dedicated to the history of measurement with strong emphasis on the politics involved, particularly the role of the (Catholic?) Church. I found this first part mildly interesting for historical curiosity, but completely irrelevant to the current morphometrics knowledge. The second part of the book (Morphometric Techniqhes) is supposed to cover different methods for morphomety. It does not. The second part includes chapters on Multivariate Morphometrics (Chapter 7) and Coordinate Morphometrics (Chapter 8). These two chapters (both less than 20 pages long) are devoted to highlighting the drawbacks of multivariate and coordinate morphometrics without giving enough mathematical background for the beginner to learn about them or to form an educated assessment of the methods. Boundary morphometrics (Chapter 9) is dedicated mostly to Fourier descriptors, the author's specialty. The chapter is allotted more than 35 pages, includes a mathematical background lacking in in other chapters, and -in contrast to other chapters, it does not mention any drawbacks of the Fourier descriptors. The book overemphasises the "information preserving" property of Fourier descriptors at the expense of morphometric techniques designed to assess differences. The only useful information I found in this book was the list of references regarding the methods this book tries to debunk.
Review  May 10, 2001
This may be the only book of its sort in print. Most morphometric texts are either very specialized or are becoming more of historical interest then having current applicability.

It is aimed at upper division and graduate students with an interest in morphometrics and can be used as textbook for a semester course in the subject. One does need a familiarity with mathematics; college algebra is the bare minimum to work thru the material, calculus is really required as is a course in applied statistics.

While a bit difficult in places (sometimes the way it is written, sometimes the difficulty of the material), the book is certainly worth reading and working your way thru. Master this book and you will be far more knoweldgable than most who claim to be active in morphometrics in biology or other fields.


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