What Is the Meaning of Taxonomy?

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Taxonomy was initially referred to as the classification of living things, but it has also been used as a way to describe the classification of things in general. Learn about the use of taxonomy in a number of different areas with help from a tutor and teacher in this free video on education in science.

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Hi, my name is Samir Malik, and I'm a private tutor for middle school and high school students in the Austin area. Today we're going to be discussing what is taxonomy? Now, taxonomy was initially referred to as classification of living things, but now there's a more wider and general sense of the word 'taxonomy', and it is now used for classification of things in general. So, if you'd like to take a look here, I'm going to illustrate some examples of taxonomy schemes so we can get a better idea of how things are classified at this day and age. Almost anything can be classified in taxonomic schemes here. This includes animate, inanimate objects. Places, concepts, events, properties, along with many others, such as relationships. For example, we take a car. A car would have relationships to two parents. One would be to the vehicle and the second would be to steel mechanisms. So we see how this relationship with car can now have different taxonomies, because it has a relationship to vehicle, and it also has a relationship to steel mechanisms. So here we are able to understand what taxonomy is, along with areas of classifications for taxonomy, as well as an example of taxonomy using the car example, which I have illustrated for you.


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