Function to put several webs into an array, blowing the dimensions up to the union of species
matrices containing webs (see example), separated by comma
Some analyses may require a direct comparison of two webs, e.g. computing their similarity in number of interactions per link (e.g. Poisot et al. 2012). To be able to do that, we first need to blow the single webs up to have the same dimensions, i.e. padding all species not observed in this web with 0s. This function produces a new raw matrix based on the union of species for each trophic level and puts these for all species into one array.
An array of dimensions (number of species in lower level, number of species in higher level, number of webs).
When building the webs from a table of observed interactions, function
frame2webs allows to build a web-array when using type.out="array". That would be preferable (faster and only one step)!
Combining webs into one array makes sense only for webs featuring overlapping communities!
Carsten F. Dormann email@example.com
Poisot, T., E. Canard, D. Mouillot, N. Mouquet, D. Gravel, and F. Jordan. 2012. The dissimilarity of species interaction networks. Ecology Letters 15, 1353–-1361. doi: 10.1111/ele.12002
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