consistency index (ci, CI)
Glossary of "Cladistics (2nd ed.)" by Kitching et al. (1998)
- A measure of the amount of homoplasy in a character relative to a given cladogram. The consistency index is calculated as the ratio of m, the minimum number of steps a character can exhibit on any cladogram, to s, the minimum number of steps the same character can exhibit on the cladogram in question. See also ensemble consistency index, retention index.
- Kitching, I. J., Forey, P. L. Humphries, C. J. & Williams, D. M. 1998. Cladistics, 2nd ed.: the Theory and Practice of Parsimony Analysis. -xii + 228 pp. Oxford University Press, New York.