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Strategy for data analysis in environmental surveys emphasizing the index of biotic similarity and BIOSIM1

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The index of biotic similarity (B) was intended to help pollution biologists reach a better understanding of their data. However, problems that surfaced after its publication in 1976 indicated that improvements would be helpful. This paper presents these improvements. The approach has been threefold: first, we introduce a computer program, BIOSIM l, that automates many of the procedures that would otherwise have to be done laboriously by hand; second, we discuss a thorough and ecologically sound strategy for analyzing data using BIOSIM l; and third, we present ways to use the various options inherent in the first two steps and discuss the ecological conditions under which each option is appropriate.
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Keywords: analysis; biotic; communities; index; surveys

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1992-11-01

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