add_feature_weights: Add feature weights

add_feature_weightsR Documentation

Add feature weights


Add features weights to a conservation planning problem. Specifically, some objective functions aim to maximize (or minimize) a metric that measures how well a set of features are represented by a solution (e.g., maximize the number of features that are adequately represented, add_max_features_objective()). In such cases, it may be desirable to prefer the representation of some features over other features (e.g., features that have higher extinction risk might be considered more important than those with lower extinction risk). To achieve this, weights can be used to specify how much more important it is for a solution to represent particular features compared with other features.


## S4 method for signature 'ConservationProblem,numeric'
add_feature_weights(x, weights)

## S4 method for signature 'ConservationProblem,matrix'
add_feature_weights(x, weights)



problem() object.


numeric or matrix of weights. See the Weights format section for more information.


Weights can only be applied to problems that have an objective that is budget limited (e.g., add_max_cover_objective(), add_min_shortfall_objective()). They can also be applied to problems that aim to maximize phylogenetic representation (add_max_phylo_div_objective()) to favor the representation of specific features over the representation of some phylogenetic branches. Weights cannot be negative values and must have values that are equal to or larger than zero. Note that planning unit costs are scaled to 0.01 to identify the cheapest solution among multiple optimal solutions. This means that the optimization process will favor cheaper solutions over solutions that meet feature targets (or occurrences) when feature weights are lower than 0.01.


An updated problem() with the weights added to it.

Weights format

The argument to weights can be specified using the following formats.

weights as a numeric vector

containing weights for each feature. Note that this format cannot be used to specify weights for problems with multiple zones.

weights as a matrix object

containing weights for each feature in each zone. Here, each row corresponds to a different feature in argument to x, each column corresponds to a different zone in argument to x, and each cell contains the weight value for a given feature that the solution can to secure in a given zone. Note that if the problem contains targets created using add_manual_targets() then a matrix should be supplied containing a single column that indicates that weight for fulfilling each target.

See Also

See penalties for an overview of all functions for adding penalties.

Other penalties: add_asym_connectivity_penalties(), add_boundary_penalties(), add_connectivity_penalties(), add_linear_penalties()


## Not run: 
# load package

# load data
sim_pu_raster <- get_sim_pu_raster()
sim_features <- get_sim_features()
sim_phylogeny <- get_sim_phylogeny()
sim_zones_pu_raster <- get_sim_zones_pu_raster()
sim_zones_features <- get_sim_zones_features()

# create minimal problem that aims to maximize the number of features
# adequately conserved given a total budget of 3800. Here, each feature
# needs 20% of its habitat for it to be considered adequately conserved
p1 <-
  problem(sim_pu_raster, sim_features) %>%
  add_max_features_objective(budget = 3800) %>%
  add_relative_targets(0.2) %>%
  add_binary_decisions() %>%
  add_default_solver(verbose = FALSE)

# create weights that assign higher importance to features with less
# suitable habitat in the study area
w2 <- exp((1 / terra::global(sim_features, "sum", na.rm = TRUE)[[1]]) * 200)

# create problem using rarity weights
p2 <- p1 %>% add_feature_weights(w2)

# create manually specified weights that assign higher importance to
# certain features. These weights could be based on a pre-calculated index
# (e.g., an index measuring extinction risk where higher values
# denote higher extinction risk)
w3 <- c(0, 0, 0, 100, 200)
p3 <- p1 %>% add_feature_weights(w3)

# solve problems
s1 <- c(solve(p1), solve(p2), solve(p3))
names(s1) <- c("equal weights", "rarity weights", "manual weights")

# plot solutions
plot(s1, axes = FALSE)

# plot the example phylogeny
par(mfrow = c(1, 1))
plot(sim_phylogeny, main = "simulated phylogeny")

# create problem with a maximum phylogenetic diversity objective,
# where each feature needs 10% of its distribution to be secured for
# it to be adequately conserved and a total budget of 1900
p4 <-
  problem(sim_pu_raster, sim_features) %>%
  add_max_phylo_div_objective(1900, sim_phylogeny) %>%
  add_relative_targets(0.1) %>%
  add_binary_decisions() %>%
  add_default_solver(verbose = FALSE)

# solve problem
s4 <- solve(p4)

# plot solution
plot(s4, main = "solution", axes = FALSE)

# find out which features have their targets met
r4 <- eval_target_coverage_summary(p4, s4)
print(r4, width = Inf)

# plot the example phylogeny and color the represented features in red
  sim_phylogeny, main = "represented features",
  tip.color = replace(
    rep("black", terra::nlyr(sim_features)), which(r4$met), "red"

# we can see here that the third feature ("layer.3", i.e.,
# sim_features[[3]]) is not represented in the solution. Let us pretend
# that it is absolutely critical this feature is adequately conserved
# in the solution. For example, this feature could represent a species
# that plays important role in the ecosystem, or a species that is
# important commercial activities (e.g., eco-tourism). So, to generate
# a solution that conserves the third feature whilst also aiming to
# maximize phylogenetic diversity, we will create a set of weights that
# assign a particularly high weighting to the third feature
w5 <- c(0, 0, 10000, 0, 0)

# we can see that this weighting (i.e., w5[3]) has a much higher value than
# the branch lengths in the phylogeny so solutions that represent this
# feature be much closer to optimality

# create problem with high weighting for the third feature and solve it
s5 <- p4 %>% add_feature_weights(w5) %>% solve()

# plot solution
plot(s5, main = "solution", axes = FALSE)

# find which features have their targets met
r5 <- eval_target_coverage_summary(p4, s5)
print(r5, width = Inf)

# plot the example phylogeny and color the represented features in red
# here we can see that this solution only adequately conserves the
# third feature. This means that, given the budget, we are faced with the
# trade-off of conserving either the third feature, or a phylogenetically
# diverse set of three different features.
  sim_phylogeny, main = "represented features",
  tip.color = replace(
    rep("black", terra::nlyr(sim_features)), which(r5$met), "red"

# create multi-zone problem with maximum features objective,
# with 10% representation targets for each feature, and set
# a budget such that the total maximum expenditure in all zones
# cannot exceed 3000
p6 <-
  problem(sim_zones_pu_raster, sim_zones_features) %>%
  add_max_features_objective(3000) %>%
  add_relative_targets(matrix(0.1, ncol = 3, nrow = 5)) %>%
  add_binary_decisions() %>%
  add_default_solver(verbose = FALSE)

# create weights that assign equal weighting for the representation
# of each feature in each zone except that it does not matter if
# feature 1 is represented in zone 1 and it really important
# that feature 3 is really in zone 1
w7 <- matrix(1, ncol = 3, nrow = 5)
w7[1, 1] <- 0
w7[3, 1] <- 100

# create problem with weights
p7 <- p6 %>% add_feature_weights(w7)

# solve problems
s6 <- solve(p6)
s7 <- solve(p7)

# convert solutions to category layers
c6 <- category_layer(s6)
c7 <- category_layer(s7)

# plot solutions
plot(c(c6, c7), main = c("equal weights", "manual weights"), axes = FALSE)

# create minimal problem to show the correct method for setting
# weights for problems with manual targets
p8 <-
  problem(sim_pu_raster, sim_features) %>%
  add_max_features_objective(budget = 3000) %>%
    feature = c("feature_1", "feature_4"),
    type = "relative",
    target = 0.1)
  ) %>%
  add_feature_weights(matrix(c(1, 200), ncol = 1)) %>%
  add_binary_decisions() %>%
  add_default_solver(verbose = FALSE)

# solve problem
s8 <- solve(p8)

# plot solution
plot(s8, main = "solution", axes = FALSE)

## End(Not run)

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