Environmental and Ecological Statistics

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 95–103

Measuring biological diversity

  • Andrew R. Solow
  • Stephen Polasky


The diversity of a set of species refers to the joint dissimilarity of the species in the set. This paper discusses the measurement of diversity from the set of pairwise distances between the species in the set. A measure called the effective number of species is developed from a non-parametric probability inequality and is shown to have a simple interpretation in terms of comparing linear experiments.


comparison of linear experiments diversity effective number of species Gallot's inequality 


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© Chapman & Hall 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew R. Solow
    • 1
  • Stephen Polasky
    • 2
  1. 1.Marine Policy CenterWoods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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