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Autocorrelation Simulation Studies for Horizontal Transmission of Ethno- Medicinal-Knowledge Related with Two Corporeal Systems

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  • 118E/564 CHB, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 2, Issue (12), Pages 18-29, December,10 (2013)


The simulation modelling of cultural transmission (particularly horizontal) is a useful tool to identified the spread of cultural traits. In present investigation autocorrelation indices (Moran’s I and Geary C), variogram and kriging simulation techniques were utilize first time to identify the present strength of horizontal transmission of cultural information (medicinal values) and for their future scope. For incorporation of these techniques data related with two corporeal systems (digestive and reproductive tracts) were collected from 12 villages of semi arid Thar Desert, India. Present simulation approaches increased the sampling efforts 17 and 7 times more from original sampling (n =360) for digestive and reproductive tracts, respectively. Autocorrelation simulation study has suggested the lack of horizontal transmission of cultural information. Further for identification of future potential for spreading the cultural information’s (at horizontal level), data’s regarding different pharmacological properties (30) and for different body systems (12) were treated with simulation approaches like variogram and kriging. Both these techniques simulated the sampling efforts at 5000 iteration and suggested the greater diversity of the traditional knowledge that may be spread in between and among communities with proper planning’s.


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