MBI: an R package for calculating multiple-site beta diversity indices

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  2013
Authors  YouHua Chen
Journal Title  Computational Ecology and Software
Volume  3
Issue  2
Pages  26-32
Journal Date  06/2013
Short Title  MBI: an R package for calculating multiple-site beta diversity indices
Publisher  International Academy of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
ISSN Number  2220-721X
Key Words  beta diversity; multiple-site comparison; community ecology; nestedness; turnover; richness

Beta diversity is one of most important features in community ecology. Indices for pairwise comparison of beta diversity have been extensively developed, but the ones specifically designed for multiple-site comparison of beta diversity are still limited. Currently, by compiling all the available metrics based on the previous literature, plus some new metrics developed in the present report, we made the calculation of these multiplesite beta-diversity statistics become ready for ecologists using R computing environment. An empirical study was present using 290 real-world presence/absence matrices. The results showed that (1) mean pairwise indices could be good surrogates for multiple-site indices in principle, except the mean pairwise richness different index; (2) most of the indices were highly correlated, as indicated by Pearson correlation and significance test. The new R package "MBI" for calculating multiple-site diversity indices could be downloaded from the http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/MBI/.

URL  http://www.iaees.org/publications/journals/ces/articles/2013-3(2)/MBI-an-R-package-for-calculating-beta-diversity-indices.pdf
DOI  DOI 10.0000/issn-2220-721x-compuecol-2013-v3-0004
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