Biological Theory • Vol/Iss. 16 • Springer • • Published In • Pages: 176-193 •
By Passmore, Sam, Barth, Wolfgang, Quinn, Kyla, Greenhill, Simon J. , Evans, Nicholas, Jordan, Fiona M.
Kinship typologies can be created by modeling similarities between kinship terminologies across different languages.
Syncretism between single-generation kinship terms was assessed for each language using Optimal String Alignment, and the results of these tests were put into a string. These strings were compared to the strings created for other languages using hierarchical density-based spatial clustering of applications with noise (HBDSCAN) and uniform manifold approximation and projection (UMAP). Nine clusters were identified from 306 languages, with 51 outliers.