I would like to announce a new paper, of which the early view pdf is
Mitteroecker P, Cheverud JM, Pavlicev M (2016) Multivariate Analysis of
Genotype-Phenotype Association. Genetics
It offers an exploratory
As Michael described, the average shape configuration affects the sliding
when used as reference for the TPS; the final configurations thus are
sample-dependent. However, if the curves/surfaces are covered densely
enough by the semilandmarks (e.g., to avoid that a semilandmark can slide
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As an exploratory technique, PCA makes no distributional assumptions; it is
used to explore the empirical distribution of the data. The sample does not
need to be balanced with regard to sex or other grouping variables, but
larger groups have a stronger effect on the PCA than smaller groups.
I think a few topics get mixed up here.
Of course, a sample can be too small to be representative (as in Andrea's
example), and one should think carefully about the measures to take. It is
also clear that an increase in sample size reduces standard errors of
statistical estimates, including
Adding more (semi)landmarks inevitably increases the spatial resolution and
thus allows one to capture finer anatomical details - whether relevant to
the biological question or not. This can be advantageous for the
reconstruction of shapes, especially when producing 3D morphs by warping
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Yes, it was always well known that sliding adds covariance but this is
irrelevant for most studies, especially for group mean comparisons and
shape regressions: the kind of studies for which GMM is most efficient, as
If you consider the change of variance-covariance structure due to
I'd like to respond to your question because it comes up so often.
As noted by Carmelo in the other posting, a large number of variables
relative to the number of cases can lead to statistical problems. But often
it does not.
In all analyses that treat each variable separately - including the
I agree only in part.
Whether or not semilandmarks "really are needed" may be hard to say
beforehand. If the signal is known well enough before the study, even a
single linear distance or distance ratio may suffice. In fact, most
geometric morphometric studies are characterized by an
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