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AAB | Articles | Volume 61, issue 2
Arch. Anim. Breed., 61, 229–243, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-61-229-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Arch. Anim. Breed., 61, 229–243, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-61-229-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Original study 14 Jun 2018

Original study | 14 Jun 2018

Possible mathematical definitions of the biological term “breed”

Gregor Langer

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For scientific discussions it is necessary to clearly define the terms used; otherwise, scientific statements are open to interpretation which hampers the scientific progress. A clear specification of scientific terms can be reached via mathematical definitions. In this paper, four mathematical definitions of the term "breed" for gonochoric species are proposed. Although all proposed definitions are consistent with common word-based definitions, the result of the whippet test differs.
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