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Practical Estimation of Diversity from Abundance Data

Abstract : 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 seven estimators including to 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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Contributor : Eric Marcon <>
Submitted on : Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 4:01:17 PM
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Eric Marcon. Practical Estimation of Diversity from Abundance Data. 2015. ⟨hal-01212435v1⟩



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