Cropping and subseting your presence absence matrix

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In this guide, we'll dive into the technique of subsetting or cropping a PresenceAbsence object.

To accomplish this task, we'll use the lets.subsetPAM function. Just let the function know which species you want to keep and provide the PresenceAbsence object as input.

# Package

# Data

names <- PAM$Species_name[1:20] # keep only the first 20 names
PAM_subset <- lets.subsetPAM(PAM, names)
par(mfrow = c(1, 2))
plot(PAM, main = "All species")
plot(PAM_subset, main = "Subset")

You might also find it useful to crop your PresenceAbsence object to a specific region using a shapefile. The lets.pamcrop function offers a straightforward method to achieve this. For instance, let's crop our Presence-Absence Matrix (PAM) to the borders of Brazil.

data(wrld_simpl)  # World map
Brazil <- wrld_simpl[wrld_simpl$NAME == "Brazil", ]  # Brazil (polygon)
PAM_crop <- lets.pamcrop(PAM, Brazil, remove.sp = TRUE)
par(mfrow = c(1, 2))
plot(PAM, main = "South America")
plot(PAM_crop, xlab = "Longitude", ylab = "Latitude",
     main = "Phyllomedusa species richness (Brazil crop)")
plot(sf::st_geometry(wrld_simpl), add = TRUE)

To cite letsR in publications use: Bruno Vilela and Fabricio Villalobos (2015). letsR: a new R package for data handling and analysis in macroecology. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12401

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