Description Usage Arguments Details Value Author(s) References See Also Examples
Function fisherfit
fits Fisher's logseries to abundance
data. Function prestonfit
groups species frequencies into
doubling octave classes and fits Preston's lognormal model, and
function prestondistr
fits the truncated lognormal model
without pooling the data into octaves.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18  fisherfit(x, ...)
prestonfit(x, tiesplit = TRUE, ...)
prestondistr(x, truncate = 1, ...)
## S3 method for class 'prestonfit'
plot(x, xlab = "Frequency", ylab = "Species", bar.col = "skyblue",
line.col = "red", lwd = 2, ...)
## S3 method for class 'prestonfit'
lines(x, line.col = "red", lwd = 2, ...)
veiledspec(x, ...)
as.fisher(x, ...)
## S3 method for class 'fisher'
plot(x, xlab = "Frequency", ylab = "Species", bar.col = "skyblue",
kind = c("bar", "hiplot", "points", "lines"), add = FALSE, ...)
as.preston(x, tiesplit = TRUE, ...)
## S3 method for class 'preston'
plot(x, xlab = "Frequency", ylab = "Species", bar.col = "skyblue", ...)
## S3 method for class 'preston'
lines(x, xadjust = 0.5, ...)

x 
Community data vector for fitting functions or their result
object for 
tiesplit 
Split frequencies 1, 2, 4, 8 etc between adjacent octaves. 
truncate 
Truncation point for logNormal model, in log2 units. Default value 1 corresponds to the left border of zero Octave. The choice strongly influences the fitting results. 
xlab, ylab 
Labels for 
bar.col 
Colour of data bars. 
line.col 
Colour of fitted line. 
lwd 
Width of fitted line. 
kind 
Kind of plot to drawn: 
add 
Add to an existing plot. 
xadjust 
Adjustment of horizontal positions in octaves. 
... 
Other parameters passed to functions. Ignored in

In Fisher's logarithmic series the expected
number of species f with n observed individuals is
f_n = α x^n / n (Fisher et al. 1943).
The estimation is possible only for genuine
counts of individuals. The parameter α is used as a
diversity index, and α and its standard error can be
estimated with a separate function fisher.alpha
. The
parameter x is taken as a nuisance parameter which is not
estimated separately but taken to be n/(n+α). Helper
function as.fisher
transforms abundance data into Fisher
frequency table.
Preston (1948) was not satisfied with Fisher's model which seemed to
imply infinite species richness, and postulated that rare species is
a diminishing class and most species are in the middle of frequency
scale. This was achieved by collapsing higher frequency classes into
wider and wider “octaves” of doubling class limits: 1, 2, 3–4,
5–8, 9–16 etc. occurrences. It seems that Preston regarded
frequencies 1, 2, 4, etc.. as “tied” between octaves
(Williamson & Gaston 2005). This means that only half of the species
with frequency 1 are shown in the lowest octave, and the rest are
transferred to the second octave. Half of the species from the
second octave are transferred to the higher one as well, but this is
usually not as large a number of species. This practise makes data
look more lognormal by reducing the usually high lowest
octaves. This can be achieved by setting argument tiesplit = TRUE
.
With tiesplit = FALSE
the frequencies are not split,
but all ones are in the lowest octave, all twos in the second, etc.
Williamson & Gaston (2005) discuss alternative definitions in
detail, and they should be consulted for a critical review of
logNormal model.
Any logseries data will look like lognormal when plotted in
Preston's way. The expected frequency f at abundance octave
o is defined by f = S0 exp((log2(o)mu)^2/2/sigma^2), where
μ is the location of the mode and σ the width,
both in log2 scale, and S0 is the expected
number of species at mode. The lognormal model is usually truncated
on the left so that some rare species are not observed. Function
prestonfit
fits the truncated lognormal model as a second
degree logpolynomial to the octave pooled data using Poisson (when
tiesplit = FALSE
) or quasiPoisson (when tiesplit = TRUE
)
error. Function prestondistr
fits lefttruncated
Normal distribution to log2 transformed nonpooled
observations with direct maximization of loglikelihood. Function
prestondistr
is modelled after function
fitdistr
which can be used for alternative
distribution models.
The functions have common print
, plot
and lines
methods. The lines
function adds the fitted curve to the
octave range with line segments showing the location of the mode and
the width (sd) of the response. Function as.preston
transforms abundance data to octaves. Argument tiesplit
will
not influence the fit in prestondistr
, but it will influence
the barplot of the octaves.
The total extrapolated richness from a fitted Preston model can be
found with function veiledspec
. The function accepts results
both from prestonfit
and from prestondistr
. If
veiledspec
is called with a species count vector, it will
internally use prestonfit
. Function specpool
provides alternative ways of estimating the number of unseen
species. In fact, Preston's lognormal model seems to be truncated at
both ends, and this may be the main reason why its result differ
from lognormal models fitted in Rank–Abundance diagrams with
functions rad.lognormal
.
The function prestonfit
returns an object with fitted
coefficients
, and with observed (freq
) and fitted
(fitted
) frequencies, and a string describing the fitting
method
. Function prestondistr
omits the entry
fitted
. The function fisherfit
returns the result of
nlm
, where item estimate
is α. The
result object is amended with the nuisance
parameter and item
fisher
for the observed data from as.fisher
Bob O'Hara and Jari Oksanen.
Fisher, R.A., Corbet, A.S. & Williams, C.B. (1943). The relation between the number of species and the number of individuals in a random sample of animal population. Journal of Animal Ecology 12: 42–58.
Preston, F.W. (1948) The commonness and rarity of species. Ecology 29, 254–283.
Williamson, M. & Gaston, K.J. (2005). The lognormal distribution is not an appropriate null hypothesis for the species–abundance distribution. Journal of Animal Ecology 74, 409–422.
diversity
, fisher.alpha
,
radfit
, specpool
. Function
fitdistr
of MASS package was used as the
model for prestondistr
. Function density
can be used for
smoothed nonparametric estimation of responses, and
qqplot
is an alternative, traditional and more effective
way of studying concordance of observed abundances to any distribution model.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16  data(BCI)
mod < fisherfit(BCI[5,])
mod
# prestonfit seems to need large samples
mod.oct < prestonfit(colSums(BCI))
mod.ll < prestondistr(colSums(BCI))
mod.oct
mod.ll
plot(mod.oct)
lines(mod.ll, line.col="blue3") # Different
## Smoothed density
den < density(log2(colSums(BCI)))
lines(den$x, ncol(BCI)*den$y, lwd=2) # Fairly similar to mod.oct
## Extrapolated richness
veiledspec(mod.oct)
veiledspec(mod.ll)

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Fisher log series model
No. of species: 101
Fisher alpha: 37.96423
Preston lognormal model
Method: QuasiPoisson fit to octaves
No. of species: 225
mode width S0
4.885798 2.932690 32.022923
Frequencies by Octave
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Observed 9.500000 16.00000 18.00000 19.000 30.00000 35.00000 31.00000 26.50000
Fitted 7.994154 13.31175 19.73342 26.042 30.59502 31.99865 29.79321 24.69491
8 9 10 11
Observed 18.00000 13.00000 7.000000 2.0000
Fitted 18.22226 11.97021 7.000122 3.6443
Preston lognormal model
Method: maximized likelihood to log2 abundances
No. of species: 225
mode width S0
4.365002 2.753531 33.458185
Frequencies by Octave
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Observed 9.50000 16.00000 18.00000 19.00000 30.00000 35.00000 31.00000 26.50000
Fitted 9.52392 15.85637 23.13724 29.58961 33.16552 32.58022 28.05054 21.16645
8 9 10 11
Observed 18.00000 13.000000 7.000000 2.00000
Fitted 13.99829 8.113746 4.121808 1.83516
Extrapolated Observed Veiled
235.40577 225.00000 10.40577
Extrapolated Observed Veiled
230.931018 225.000000 5.931018
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