Faculty Publications

Title

Dimension reduction projection and our perception of evolution

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Brownian motion, Evolution, pattern recognition, projection pursuit, punctuated equilibria

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Mathematical Biology

Volume

21

Issue

3

First Page

299

Last Page

306

Abstract

The evolution of a species can be viewed as a trajectory in multidimensional space. What we perceive is only a low dimensional projection from the total dimensionality necessary to fully describe a species. Motivated by the phenomenon of punctuated equilibria, it is shown that there are projections of gradualistic evolution which will have a punctuated character. However, whether our eyes and minds would choose such a projection of the total phenotype is not resolved. © 1985 Springer-Verlag.

Original Publication Date

5-1-1985

DOI of published version

10.1007/BF00276228

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