Table 2

Hypo the tical set of observations and species characters. Two probability distribution assumptions are shown.

Characters of taxonomic key

Probability mass



Species name

Color

Slender

Bill length

Abundance (# of observations)

Uniform distribution

Maximum Likelihood Estimate (MLE)


Murres

White

No

Short

4

0.25

0.20

Gray Jay

Gray

Yes

Short

3

0.25

0.15

Egret

White

Yes

Long

11

0.25

0.55

Turkey

Gray

No

Short

2

0.25

0.10


Manoharan et al. BMC Bioinformatics 2008 9:150   doi:10.1186/1471-2105-9-150

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