Measuring biological diversity

Andrew R. Solow, Stephen Polasky

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-103
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental and Ecological Statistics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1994


  • Gallot's inequality
  • comparison of linear experiments
  • diversity
  • effective number of species


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