Partitioning diversity into independent alpha and beta components.

  title={Partitioning diversity into independent alpha and beta components.},
  author={Lou Jost},
  volume={88 10},
  • L. Jost
  • Published 1 October 2007
  • Computer Science
  • Ecology
Existing general definitions of beta diversity often produce a beta with a hidden dependence on alpha. Such a beta cannot be used to compare regions that differ in alpha diversity. To avoid misinterpretation, existing definitions of alpha and beta must be replaced by a definition that partitions diversity into independent alpha and beta components. Such a unique definition is derived here. When these new alpha and beta components are transformed into their numbers equivalents (effective numbers… 

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