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Diversity  2011 

rich: An R Package to Analyse Species Richness

DOI: 10.3390/d3010112

Keywords: species richness, rarefaction, bootstrap, randomization test, biodiversity, community ecology

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The paper describes rich, a new R package to perform species richness estimation and comparison. Species richness is the simplest surrogate for the more complex concept of species biodiversity. It is relatively easy to assess although estimations strongly depend on sampling intensity with the consequence that richness estimations should be standardized to perform valid comparisons. The R package rich allows such corrections as well as the computation of various statistics and implements different randomization tests to compare cumulative and average species richness of two communities. These tests are useful for ranking sites or communities which is a classical goal in restoration ecology and conservation biology.


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