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Generalised extreme value distributions provide a natural hypothesis for the shape of seed mass distributions

Edwards, Will; Moles, Angela T.; Chong, Caroline

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Among co-occurring species, values for functionally important plant traits span orders of magnitude, are uni-modal, and generally positively skewed. Such data are usually log-transformed "for normality" but no convincing mechanistic explanation for a log-normal expectation exists. Here we propose a hypothesis for the distribution of seed masses based on generalised extreme value distributions (GEVs), a class of probability distributions used in climatology to characterise the impact of event...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015-04-01
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/14285
Source: PLOS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121724

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