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Divergence Measures as Diversity Indices

Abou-Moustafa, Karim T.;
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  • Published: 12 Aug 2014
Abstract
Entropy measures of probability distributions are widely used measures in ecology, biology, genetics, and in other fields, to quantify species diversity of a community. Unfortunately, entropy-based diversity indices, or diversity indices for short, suffer from three problems. First, when computing the diversity for samples withdrawn from communities with different structures, diversity indices can easily yield non-comparable and hard to interpret results. Second, diversity indices impose weighting schemes on the species distributions that unnecessarily emphasize low abundant rare species, or erroneously identified ones. Third, diversity indices do not allow for ...
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free text keywords: Quantitative Biology - Populations and Evolution, Quantitative Biology - Quantitative Methods, Statistics - Methodology
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