Ecological niche modeling in Maxent: the importance of model complexity and the performance of model selection criteria.

  title={Ecological niche modeling in Maxent: the importance of model complexity and the performance of model selection criteria.},
  author={Dan L. Warren and Stephanie N. Seifert},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={21 2},
  • D. WarrenStephanie N. Seifert
  • Published 1 March 2011
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
Maxent, one of the most commonly used methods for inferring species distributions and environmental tolerances from occurrence data, allows users to fit models of arbitrary complexity. [] Key Method We evaluate model performance using occurrence data generated from a known "true" initial Maxent model, using several different metrics for model quality and transferability. We demonstrate that models that are inappropriately complex or inappropriately simple show reduced ability to infer habitat quality…

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