betapart allows computing pair-wise dissimilarities (distance matrices) and multiple-site dissimilarities, separating the turnover and nestedness-resultant components of taxonomic (incidence and abundance based), functional and phylogenetic beta diversity.
The partitioning of incidence-based dissimilarity can be performed for two different families of indices:
Sorensen and Jaccard. The pairwise function
beta.pair yields 3 distance matrices accounting
for the spatial turnover and the nestedness components of beta-diversity. The third distance
matrix accounts for the sum of both components, i.e. total dissimilarity (a monotonic transformation
of beta diversity).
The multiple site function
beta.multi yields the spatial turnover and the nestedness components of
overall dissimilarity, and the sum of both components, total dissimilarity. The basic calculations for all these
multiple-site measures and pairwise dissimilarity matrices can be computed using the function
which returns an object of class
betapart. This is useful for large datasets as the consuming calculations
are done only once, and its result can then be used for computing many indices.
The multiple-site values can be randomly sampled a specified number of times for a specified number of sites using
The aforementioned indices used for assessing spatial patterns can also be used for measuring temporal changes in community composition with the
Likewise, an analogous framework has been implemented for separating the two components of abundance-based
dissimilarity (balanced changes in abundance vs. abundance gradients) using commands
The framework has been extended for functional beta diversity with commands
functional.beta.multi, and for phylogenetic beta diversity with commands
The package also allows fitting negative exponential or power law distance-decay models for assessing the relationship between assemblage
(dis)similarity and spatial (or other) distance.
decay.model will fit the distance-decay function via GLM,
plot the distance-decay pattern, and
boot.coefs.decay will bootstrap the paramaters of the distance-decay model.
Andrés Baselga, David Orme, Sébastien Villéger, Julien De Bortoli and Fabien Leprieur
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