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Statistical mechanics unifies different ecological patterns

Dewar, Roderick; Porte, Annabel

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Recently there has been growing interest in the use of maximum relative entropy (MaxREnt) as a tool for statistical inference in ecology. In contrast, here we propose MaxREnt as a tool for applying statistical mechanics to ecology. We use MaxREnt to explain and predict species abundance patterns in ecological communities in terms of the most probable behaviour under given environmental constraints, in the same way that statistical mechanics explains and predicts the behaviour of thermodynamic...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/24922
Source: Journal of Theoretical Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2007.12.007

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