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4.13 Summary
This chapter has provided the basic tools for comparing forms using
EDMA. We have provided explanations for the inadequacy of superim-
position and deformation approaches to the comparison of forms. We
have provided an invariant approach to the statistical analysis of bio-
logical forms, along with the analysis of example data sets to illustrate
the nuances of our approach. We have underscored the importance of
careful application of our methods and thoughtful interpretation of the
results . Part 2 of this chapter presents the statistical theory and the
computational algorithms for the comparison of forms. Chapter 5 pre-
sents the use of these methods in the study of growth.
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