Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of
STUDIES IN QUANTITATIVE PALEONTOLOGY II. MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS—A NEW ANALYTICAL TOOL FOR PALEONTOLOGY AND GEOLOGY
Date of this Version
JOURNAL OF PALEONTOLOGY VOL. 23, NO. 1, PP. 95-103, JANUARY 1949
Multivariate analysis is the simultaneous comparison of three or more variables in order to determine the significance of their likenesses and differences. The technique has been in use for some thirteen years, but no simple account of the method has hitherto been available. An illustrative example from invertebrate paleontology is here used, but the method is applicable to any problem in geology involving several quantitatively known variables.