RInSp: an r package for the analysis of individual specialization in resource use
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Methods in Ecology and Evolution © 2013 British Ecological Society
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Volume 4, Issue 11, pages 1018–1023, November 2013
How to Cite
Zaccarelli, N., Bolnick, D. I., Mancinelli, G. (2013), RInSp: an r package for the analysis of individual specialization in resource use. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4: 1018–1023. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12079
- Issue published online: 6 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 14 JUN 2013 09:59AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 27 FEB 2013
- David and Lucille Packard Foundation
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- ecological niche;
- hierarchical variance partition;
- individual specialization;
- trait variance
- In the last decade, an increasing number of papers testifies a renewed interest in the topic of individual specialization in resource use and its implication at higher levels of ecological organization.
- We present the package R Individual Specialization (RInSp) for the free open-source statistical software r. RInSp provides a comprehensive set of classical and recently proposed indices for quantifying the degree of individual specialization using both categorical and continuous resource use data. The package also includes tools for ad hoc Monte Carlo and jackknife resampling procedures for significance testing, plotting and input/output data manipulation.
- The use of RInSp is demonstrated by two examples. In addition, the potential of the package to be implemented beyond its original scope for multi-level quantitative analyses of individual trait variance in natural communities is illustrated.