The cytometric fingerprint is converted to an image in which the subcommunities are represented by black blots (optional grey level blots) on a white background. The dissimilarity of the cytometric fingerprints is calculated based on image comparison
An instruction manual for performing the Dalmatian plot procedure including ready-to-use macros for ImageJ and R can be downloaded
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