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st: discriminant function analysis

From   Sheela Athreya <>
To   <>
Subject   st: discriminant function analysis
Date   Wed, 11 Dec 2002 16:53:23 -0600 (CST)


Does anyone know if it is possible to perform the following analysis on

I have a set of 35 fossils, from known taxonomic groups (1,2,3).  There
are five measurements per fossil.  I then have a single newly discovered
fossil, and want to find out how it will be classified based on these

I wanted to use discriminant function analysis, but I'm not sure if a)
that is the right approach, and b) how I can do it using the command
-discrim-, which requires that the grouping variable be only 0/1, instead
of the three groups I have defined a priori.

Thanks for any help you might offer.

Sheela Athreya
Department of Anthropology
Washington University
Campus Box 1114
One Brookings Dr.
St. Louis, MO  63130
(314) 935-5252
fax: (314) 935-8535

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