The "genealogical" method, as we may call it, cannot in strictness be applied to conflated MSS., as their mutual relations can rarely be with certainty disentangled.
We go months with normal, pleasant guests, then all of a sudden we pick up a conflated collection of crazies!
A special value attaches to a conflated codex when one of the MSS.
conflated with the annual death and rebirth of the sun.
In the following stemma M and N are "mixed" or "conflated" MSS., being formed by the blending of readings from the "pure" or "unmixed" codices A, B and D, E respectively.