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R package implementing the Total Cophenetic Index measure of Mir et al. (2013). This package is now simply a wrapper for the function TotalCopheneticIndex() in the package ‘TreeTools’.

The total cophenetic index describes how balanced a phylogenetic tree is, by measuring the how deep the most recent common ancestor of each pair of leaves lies within the tree.

See also

This functionality is now available via the function TotalCopheneticIndex() in the ‘TreeTools’ package, and via Rotger’s (unmaintained?) package ‘CollessLike’.


A. Mir, F. Rossello, L. A. Rotger, A new balance index for phylogenetic trees. Math. Biosci. 241, 125-136 (2013).