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Simulation of community patterns
 H. G. Gauch Jr.,
 R. H. Whittaker
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Programs are described for the simulation of coenoplanesmathematically defined, twodimensional community patterns characterized by scattered and broadly overlapping Gaussian reponse surfaces for species populations. Field data have been studied to derive a set of assumptions regarding realistic properties of coenoplanes and ways in which some of these properties should be variable. Additional assumptions define properties of samples and sets of samples taken from coenoplanes. The programs thus provide a basis for tests of different ordination techniques and effects of characteristics of sample sets on these.
This research was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. We appreciate comments on the manuscript from S.A. Levin, R.K. Peet and T.R. Wentworth, and preparation of the manuscript by S.B. Conley and C.E. French, Jr.
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 Title
 Simulation of community patterns
 Journal

Vegetatio
Volume 33, Issue 1 , pp 1316
 Cover Date
 19761201
 DOI
 10.1007/BF00055294
 Print ISSN
 00423106
 Online ISSN
 15735052
 Publisher
 Kluwer Academic Publishers
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 Topics
 Keywords

 Coenocline
 Coenoplane
 Gaussian response
 Ordination
 Simulation
 Authors

 H. G. Gauch Jr. ^{(1)}
 R. H. Whittaker ^{(1)}
 Author Affiliations

 1. Ecology and Systematics, Cornell University, 14853, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A