*This post on the dendextend package is based on my recent paper from the journal bioinformatics (a link to a stable DOI). The paper was published just last week, and since it is released as CC-BY, I am permitted (and delighted) to republish it here in full:*

## abstract

**Summary:** *dendextend* is an R package for creating and comparing visually appealing tree diagrams. *dendextend* provides utility functions for manipulating dendrogram objects (their color, shape, and content) as well as several advanced methods for comparing trees to one another (both statistically and visually). As such, *dendextend* offers a flexible framework for enhancing R’s rich ecosystem of packages for performing hierarchical clustering of items.

**Availability:** The dendextend R package (including detailed introductory vignettes) is available under the GPL-2 Open Source license and is freely available to download from CRAN at: (http://cran.r-project.org/package=dendextend)

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