Unifying and distinguishing diversity ordering methods for comparing communities

  title={Unifying and distinguishing diversity ordering methods for comparing communities},
  author={Canran Liu and Robert J. Whittaker and Keping Ma and Jay R. Malcolm},
  journal={Population Ecology},
Diversity indices have been widely used in ecological research, but they remain problematic in that different indices may rank communities inconsistently. This problem can be solved by using diversity ordering methods, the output of which is a diversity profile in graphical form for each community being compared. In this paper, we demonstrate that existing diversity ordering methods can be classified into four groups and that within-group methods are essentially equivalent, while among-group… CONTINUE READING
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