Abundance coefficients, a new method for measuring microorganism relative abundance

Mathematical Geology
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A new method of measuring the relative abundance of microorganisms by using a set of interrelated coefficients, termed 'abundance coefficients' or 'AC', is proposed. These coefficients provide a means of recording abundance for geometric density categories, and each density measurement represents an approximation of the Poisson parameter ??t. The AC is the natural logarithm of a 'characteristic value,' which is a particular number for each geometric density category. The 'characteristic values' are based upon a probabilistic error statement derived from the Poisson formula, and they present evidence for separation of the geometric category boundaries by e = 2.71828. The proposed AC provide a means for recording species abundance in a manner suitable for arithmetic manipulation, for population structure studies, and for the determination of practical limits for defining the presence or absence of a species. Further, these coefficients provide for both intrasample and intersample abundance comparisons. ?? 1977 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Abundance coefficients, a new method for measuring microorganism relative abundance
Series title Mathematical Geology
DOI 10.1007/BF02067217
Volume 9
Issue 6
Year Published 1977
Language English
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Mathematical Geology
First page 619
Last page 633
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