Megavariate Genetics: What You Find Is What You Go Looking For

Biological Theory 4 (1):21-28 (2009)
The subjectivity or “purpose dependency” of measurement in biology is discussed using examples from high-dimensional medical genetic research. The human observer and study designer tacitly determine the numerical and graphical representation of biological simplicity or complexity via choice of ascertainment , numbers to measure, referential basis, statistical learning formalism and feature search, and also via the selection of display styles for all these quantifications.
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DOI 10.1162/biot.2009.4.1.21
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