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Practical Estimation of Diversity from Abundance Data

Eric Marcon


Measuring biodiversity requires empirical techniques to effectively estimate it from real data. The well-known underestimation of the number of species applies to low orders of diversity in general. I test nine estimators including three new ones on geometric and lognormal distributions that represent realistic, hyper-diverse communities. The best two estimators allow a good estimation of diversity of orders over 0.5, even when the sampling effort is low. I provide criteria to choose the estimator and the necessary code in the R package entropart.
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hal-01212435 , version 1 (06-10-2015)
hal-01212435 , version 2 (06-12-2015)


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