Function finds the Raup-Crick dissimilarity which is a probability of number of co-occurring species with species occurrence probabilities proportional to species frequencies.

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`comm` |
Community data which will be treated as presence/absence data. |

`null` |
Null model used as the |

`nsimul` |
Number of null communities for assessing the dissimilarity index. |

`chase` |
Use the Chase et al. (2011) method of tie handling (not recommended except for comparing the results against the Chase script). |

`...` |
Other parameters passed to |

Raup-Crick index is the probability that compared sampling
units have non-identical species composition. This probability can
be regarded as a dissimilarity, although it is not metric: identical
sampling units can have dissimilarity slightly above *0*, the
dissimilarity can be nearly zero over a range of shared species, and
sampling units with no shared species can have dissimilarity
slightly below *1*. Moreover, communities sharing rare species
appear as more similar (lower probability of finding rare species
together), than communities sharing the same number of common
species.

The function will always treat the data as binary (presence/ absence).

The probability is assessed using simulation with
`oecosimu`

where the test statistic is the observed
number of shared species between sampling units evaluated against a
community null model (see Examples). The default null model is
`"r1"`

where the probability of selecting species is
proportional to the species frequencies.

The `vegdist`

function implements a variant of the
Raup-Crick index with equal sampling probabilities for species using
exact analytic equations without simulation. This corresponds to
`null`

model `"r0"`

which also can be used with the
current function. All other null model methods of
`oecosimu`

can be used with the current function, but
they are new unpublished methods.

The function returns an object inheriting from
`dist`

which can be interpreted as a dissimilarity
matrix.

The test statistic is the number of shared species, and this is
typically tied with a large number of simulation results. The tied
values are handled differently in the current function and in the
function published with Chase et al. (2011). In vegan, the
index is the number of simulated values that are smaller *or
equal* than the observed value, but smaller than observed value is
used by Chase et al. (2011) with option `split = FALSE`

in
their script; this can be achieved with `chase = TRUE`

in
vegan. Chase et al. (2011) script with `split = TRUE`

uses half of tied simulation values to calculate a distance measure,
and that choice cannot be directly reproduced in vegan (it is the
average of vegan `raupcrick`

results with
`chase = TRUE`

and `chase = FALSE`

).

The function was developed after Brian Inouye contacted us and informed us about the method in Chase et al. (2011), and the function takes its idea from the code that was published with their paper. The current function was written by Jari Oksanen.

Chase, J.M., Kraft, N.J.B., Smith, K.G., Vellend, M. and Inouye,
B.D. (2011). Using null models to disentangle variation in community
dissimilarity from variation in *alpha*-diversity.
*Ecosphere* 2:art24 [doi:10.1890/ES10-00117.1]

The function is based on `oecosimu`

. Function
`vegdist`

with method = "raup" implements a related
index but with equal sampling densities of species, and
`designdist`

demonstrates its calculation.

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## data set with variable species richness
data(sipoo)
## default raupcrick
dr1 <- raupcrick(sipoo)
## use null model "r0" of oecosimu
dr0 <- raupcrick(sipoo, null = "r0")
## vegdist(..., method = "raup") corresponds to 'null = "r0"'
d <- vegdist(sipoo, "raup")
op <- par(mfrow=c(2,1), mar=c(4,4,1,1)+.1)
plot(dr1 ~ d, xlab = "Raup-Crick with Null R1", ylab="vegdist")
plot(dr0 ~ d, xlab = "Raup-Crick with Null R0", ylab="vegdist")
par(op)
## The calculation is essentially as in the following oecosimu() call,
## except that designdist() is replaced with faster code
## Not run:
oecosimu(sipoo, function(x) designdist(x, "J", "binary"), method = "r1")
## End(Not run)
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