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Peter Midford
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Informatics of behavior, phylogenies, taxonomies
Informatics of behavior, phylogenies, taxonomies

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A Belated Summer Update
I’ve been quiet since April, but I’ve also been pretty busy.  I have been to one meeting this summer, the  20th International Congress of Arachnology .  I gave a talk about the progress on the spider behavior ontology I mentioned a few posts back.  The slid...
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An interesting and important paper. It once again illustrates the enviable position that anatomy/morphology is in relative to behavior in building semantic databases. Behavior folks don't have much chance to compare data from matrices vs. free-text, as the former are rather scarce. Nevertheless, cheers to the authors for leading the way on this.
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obo-behavior is a thing
Yes, this is an update, not an ontological assertion.  Robert Hoehndorf has set up a new github project (obo-behavior) for the NBO and moved the NBO and the ABO associated material over.  So, the negotiation is over and we progress with the merging.  We hop...
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Behavior Ontologies workshop 2
Over the weekend we held the second workshop (funded by NSF and the Phenotype Ontologies RCN) to begin the process of merging the ABO (Animal Behavior Ontology, which came out of a series of workshops in 2004 and 2005) and the NBO (NeuroBehavior Ontology) w...
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A little more on morphological data
Apropos of last week's post on models and data, here is a preprint study on the amount of morphological data available for living mammal taxa.  The focus was on coverage in each order, where coverage was defined by the fraction of OTUs with available data, ...
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Models vs. Data - not a choice for behavior
These are some thoughts that have been rattling in my head since the SSB 2015 standalone meeting back in May.  They are somewhat depressing, so I'm open to suggestions of more positive ways to looking at the situation in comparative studies of behavior. The...
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Nice writeup, with references, to a lesser-known group of arachnids.
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Summer meetings 2015
In recent years, the main thing I've been using this blog for is letting people know about meetings I'm attending and from time to time, meeting reports of varying quality.  So here are the meetings I'll be attending during Summer 2015: Society for Systemat...
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