# Questions tagged [diversity]

measures of diversity (or uniformity or inequality) such as: biodiversity in ecology, income inequality in economic. Examples are entropy and simpson's indices.

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### Diversity index and categorical variables,-

Is it possible to calculate a diversity index (Simpson's or eventually Shannon's index) from ordinal data? As in, we surveyed 50 transects and recorded several species' "abundance" in 4 ...
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### How do I decide if it's ok to pool data?

I have biodiversity data (fish species, and their individual length, through electrofishing) from 8 different stretches of the same river, for 7 different seasons. We would like to see if it's ok to ...
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### What's the most adequate test/tests for this study?

I'm a PhD student (Biodiversity and Animal Ecology). I am preparing a scientific article to submit and I need help in statistical analysis of my data. In this message I will try to provide as much as ...
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### What is the most appropriate transformation method for performing analyses on species composition data?

I would like to compare differences in fish diets between sampling sites using a Bray-Curtis dissimilarity matrix and non-metric multidimensional scaling techniques. My raw data consists of counts of ...
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### What is the role of the logarithm in Shannon's entropy?

Shannon's entropy is the negative of the sum of the probabilities of each outcome multiplied by the logarithm of probabilities for each outcome. What purpose does the logarithm serve in this equation? ...
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### Calculating Diversity of a continuous variable

Hi I'm trying to calculate diversity for a continuous variable. In the research, we have a network of people (they all know each other other but may not be friends) who all have different social media ...
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### How to include standard deviations in diversity calculations?

I have community abundance data where each species has a mean and a standard deviation (determined by replicate samples). I am comparing the diversity of two communities. The various diversity metrics ...
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### How to include the observed values, not just their probabilities, in information entropy?

Shannon entropy measures the unpredictability in a random variable's outcome as the weighted average of the probabilities of that variable's outcomes or observed values. However, it discards the ...
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### What route is best for comparing diversity between 2 different sites

I am considering fungi presence and diversity in two different forest sites and looking for correlation between fungi presence/diversity and forest health. I am very new to stats, basically know ...
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### Significance test for the difference in Simpson's Diversity Index values?

I've taken several samples of categorical data and calculated the spread of each using Simpson's Diversity Index. I would now like to perform a significance test to see if these spreads are similar or ...
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### Comparing species communities between sites with different numbers of replicates

I'm working with ecological community data collected from different sites and want to make comparisons between the sites using descriptors like richness, Shannon Weiner's diversity, and Simpson's ...
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### Is the Bray-Curtis dissimilarity/similarity independent of richness/diversity?

I was told about potential issues with the Bray-Curtis dissimilarity/similarity measure. Specifically, I have been asked if Bray-Curtis is independent of richness/diversity. I am unsure how to answer ...
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### Build tree to calculate beta diversity

I am trying to calculate beta diversity using the UniFrac distance on my data, each sample having OTUs values. To calculate it, I saw it required building a tree with percentages that represented the ...
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### Is there a minimum number for the calculation of the Herfindahl index?

Is there a minimum number of observations in order to assess concentration or not?
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### Clustering on n features while maximizing the heterogeneity on m remaining features

We have a random vector $X\sim p(X)$, and a set of realizations of the random vector $S=\{X_i\}_{i=1}^N$. The random vector has $n$ continuous and $m$ categorical features. I want to cluster $S$ so ...
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### Continuous (not categorical) measures of diversity?

Which measures of diversity are used where? When I search for diversity indicators I find the Simpson and Shannon index, but these are both for categorical data. If I have data with some structure (e....
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### Measuring entropy/concentration in multivariate datasets

I am interested in measuring how concentrated or widely dispersed a certain binary property is among a population, which is defined by a number of categorical variables. For instance, let's say I have ...
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### Statistical Test for Trends in Samples from a Possibly Changing Distribution

I have some data of quantitative measurements of the language in books from the years 1800 to 2000. For each year I have between 0 and 50 samples, mostly about 10 samples per year. If I bin the data ...
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