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Species abundance distributions should underpin ordinal cover-abundance transformations

McNellie, Megan J.; Dorrough, Josh; Oliver, Ian


Questions: The cover and abundance of individual plant species have been recorded on ordinal scales for millions of plots world-wide. Ordinal cover data often need to be transformed to a quantitative form (0%-100%), especially when scrutinising summed cover of multiple species. Traditional approaches to transforming ordinal data often assume that data are symmetrically distributed. However, skewed abundance patterns are ubiquitous in plant community ecology. The questions this paper addresses...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019-04-28
Type: Journal article
Source: Applied Vegetation Science
DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12437
Access Rights: Open Access

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