Measuring biological diversity

  title={Measuring biological diversity},
  author={Andrew R. Solow and Stephen Polasky},
  journal={Environmental and Ecological Statistics},
The diversity of a set of species refers to the joint dissimilarity of the species in the set. This paper discusses the measurement of diversity from the set of pairwise distances between the species in the set. A measure called the effective number of species is developed from a non-parametric probability inequality and is shown to have a simple interpretation in terms of comparing linear experiments. 

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