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The comparison of usage and availability measurements for evaluating resource preference

Ecology

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Abstract

Modern ecological research often involves the comparison of the usage of habitat types or food items to the availability of those resources to the animal. Widely used methods of determining preference from measurements of usage and availability depend critically on the array of components that the researcher, often with a degree of arbitrariness, deems available to the animal. This paper proposes a new method, based on ranks of components by usage and by availability. A virtue of the rank procedure is that it provides comparable results whether a questionable component is included or excluded from consideration. Statistical tests of significance are given for the method.The paper also offers a hierarchical ordering of selection processes. This hierarchy resolves certain inconsistencies among studies of selection and is compatible with the analytic technique offered in the paper.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The comparison of usage and availability measurements for evaluating resource preference
Series title:
Ecology
Volume
61
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1980
Language:
English
Description:
p. 65-71
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Ecology
First page:
65
Last page:
71
Number of Pages:
6