Re: NANFA-L-- Diversity Indicies

Irate Mormon (archimedes at
Thu, 29 Sep 2005 16:50:42 -0400

Quoting Bruce Stallsmith <fundulus at>:

> Martin, you actually understand what's going on without realizing it. There
> are different concepts of evenness, vs. species richness, vs. diversity.
> They're not all the same and if you're a researcher dealing with sample data
> sets you have to be clear in your mind what you're really asking; there is
> no one good statistical tool or concept (even though I keep praising Hill
> and Hurlbert...). This is why the question of statistical testing and
> interpretation is always an ongoing debate when considering biodiversity,
> diversity, whatever.

In that case, then Todd could invent his own system and it would be as good as
anybody else's, for his purposes.

Hurlbert - that sounds like a character for a Scott Adams comic :-) He could
vomit on anybody whose ideas he doesn't agree with!


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